(מדרגים 1, ניקוד 3)
Rabbi Prof. Daniel Sperber, President of Institute for Advanced Torah studies, Bar-Ilan University
"Dr. Dalia Hoshen has presented us with a delightful, refreshing and totally original study. It is a meticulously researched, deeply analyzed examination of the whole corpus of Beruria testimonia. While rejecting the feminist approaches she gives a penetratingly convincing philosophical-theological interpretation, revealing a unique doctrine of a unique female scholar of second century Palestine."—
This work deals with the religious enigma of Beruria, the only female scholar mentioned in Talmudic literature. Although a well-known figure to educated readers, her scholarship has not been thoroughly investigated. Because Beruria was better known for her femininity than her literacy, many doubted her scholarship. Some maintain that she never existed, except in the imagination and libido of the Rabbis. The book fully exposes her character and her teachings with an atypical theological perspective of individual status. Comparing Beruria's philosophical model in the Talmudic literature to her portrayal in the post-Talmudic, the book indicates a crisis in Jewish culture, which circles around the differentiation of the sociological versus theological perspective of individual status in general, particularly of women.
About the AuthorDalia Hoshen is Jerusalem born. She earned a Ph.D. in both Talmud (1989) and Hebrew Literature (2001) from Bar Ilan University. Dedicating her time to research, she wrote various papers in both fields. She continues to teach at universities and colleges in Israel and the United Kingdom. She is also the author of Agnon: A Saga is (not) a Talmudic Sugia and Tractate of the Hidden Face.