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Conceiving Israel: The Fetus in Rabbinic Narratives–Now Available

Conceiving Israel: The Fetus in Rabbinic Narratives

Gwynn Kessler

256 pages | 6 x 9

Cloth 2009 | ISBN 978-0-8122-4175-4 | $59.95 | £39.00
A volume in the Divinations: Rereading Late Ancient Religion series

Conceiving IsraelKessler shows how the rabbis of the third through sixth centuries turned to non-Jewish writings on embryology and procreation to explicate the biblical insistence on the primacy of God's role in procreation at the expense of the biological parents.

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