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Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism
Rosenblum, Jordan D.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010 pp. xiv + 223. $85.00

Description: Food often defines societies and even civilizations. Through particular commensality restrictions, groups form distinct identities: Those with whom "we" eat ("Us") and those with whom "we" cannot eat ("Them"). This identity is enacted daily, turning the biological need to eat into a culturally significant activity. In this book, Jordan D. Rosenblum explores how food regulations and practices helped to construct the identity of early rabbinic Judaism. Bringing together the scholarship of rabbinics with that of food studies, this volume first examines the historical reality of food production and consumption in Roman-era Palestine. It then explores how early rabbinic food regulations created a distinct Jewish, male, and rabbinic identity. Rosenblum's work demonstrates how rabbinic food practices constructed an edible identity.

Subjects: Bible, Mishnah, Talmudic and Rabbinic Literature, Literature

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Review by Robert Brody
Published 5/10/2011
Citation: Robert Brody, review of Jordan D. Rosenblum, Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2011).

Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 5/10/2011
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Jordan D. Rosenblum, Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2011).

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