This study examines the concept of yetzer hara, or evil inclination. Analyzing the some one hundred and fifty appearances of the yetzer in rabbinic literature, Rosen-Zvi contends that the term should not be read under the traditional rubric of sexual desire, but rather in the context of ancient Jewish demonology.
2011 | 264 pages | Cloth $69.95
Religion | History
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Table of Contents
Introduction. The Riddle, or: How Did the Evil Yetzer Become a Mighty King?
Chapter 1. "The Torah Spoke Regarding the Yetzer": Tannaitic Literature
Chapter 2. Yetzer and Other Demons: Patristic Parallels
Chapter 3. Yetzer at Qumran: Proto-Rabbinic?
Chapter 4. Coming of Age: Amoraic Yetzer
Chapter 5. Refuting the Yetzer: The Limits of Rabbinic Discursive Worlds
Chapter 6. Sexualizing the Yetzer
Chapter 7. Weak Like a Female, Strong Like a Male: Yetzer and Gender
Afterword: Toward a Genealogy of the Rabbinic Subject