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Divorce in the Torah and in Early Judaism

An Exegetical History of Deuteronomy 24:1-4 from Pre-Rabbinic Literature to the Talmud
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0621-5
This monograph traces the historical development of the process of scriptural exegesis of the Pentateuchal law of divorce (Deuteronomy 24:1-4), from pre- and non-rabbinic texts through talmudic literature. It identifies two approaches to understanding the biblical divorce law throughout its early history of interpretation: one which considers divorce a punishment resulting from unacceptable (usually sexual) behavior, and a second view of divorce as a non-punitive phenomenon that may occur in the life of a couple.