The Jewish Body: A History

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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6.3 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author
Robert Jutte is Director Emeritus of the Institute for the History of Medicine of the Robert Bosch Foundation. He is author of numerous works including Poverty and Deviance in Early Modern Europe, The History of the Senses: From Antiquity to Cyberspace, and Contraception: A History. Elizabeth Bredeck is an instructor at the University of California, San Diego English Language Institute.
it is impossible to describe or adequately praise the breadth and depth of Jutte's scholarship and erudition. He has collected data and examples from the widest possible number of sources, with Hasidic legends and Yiddish proverbs nestling comfortably next to quotes from Josephus and advertisements from nineteenth-century German newspapers.-- "Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures"
The overriding impression left on the reader is wonder over the novel aspects of Judaism Jütte has managed to reveal, matched with astonishment at the breadth and depth of his scholarship and of the vast range of source material he has uncovered...The Jewish Body focuses on the most fundamental aspect of life on earth - the human body - in relation to the Jewish religion and practice, an angle of Judaism perhaps too little considered in the past. Jütte's work is highly original in concept and encyclopedic in scope. It will instruct, amuse and entertain in equal measure.-- "The Jerusalem Post"
A work of exemplary scholarship over a number of languages and cultures, The Jewish Body is a summa summarum of the various debates on body history, race, gender, ethnicity, and nationalism.-- "Sander Gilman, Emory University"
This is a masterful study of all aspects of the notion of the 'Jewish body' across the millennia, from biblical to modern times...[T]his is a remarkable, comprehensive, and exceedingly learned work.-- "Choice"