One of the most prominent examples of the relevance of and enduring interest in ancient texts is the daf yomi cycle, in which participants read a folio (or daf) of the Babylonian Talmud a day for more than 7 years, until they complete the entire Babylonian Talmud.
The number of daf yomi participants has grown exponentially in the last few decades, and has also expanded demographically beyond Orthodox Jewish men to women and people of all denominations (and faiths). To aid them in their lengthy and dedicated journey, we will produce a brief bibliography of major academic reference works and secondary works a few weeks before one tractate is completed and participants move on to the next.
Ketubot is starting this week, so here is our next installment!
David Weiss Halivni, Mekorot UMasorot, Iyunim BeSeder Nashim
Sarah Benmoshe, “A Scholar’s Commentary Edition to Babylonian Talmud, Ketubot, Chapter Four,” dissertation, Bar-Ilan Univeristy, 2012. (Hebrew)
Saul Lieberman, Tosefta Kifshutah: Nashim (New York, 1973)
Mishnat Eretz Israel, Tractate Ketubot vol. 1 and 2, with Historical and Sociological Commentary by Shmuel Safrai and Ze’ev Safrai (Hebrew).
Joshua Kulp "Mahadurah ʻim perush ha-sugyot le-perek Betulah niset : Talmud Bavli, masekhet Ketubot, perek rishon," PhD Dissertation, Bar Ilan University, 2002. (Hebrew). HT to Michael Rosenberg.
Robert Brody, Mishnah and Tosefta Studies, (Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2014). Explores many major methodological issues in the field mostly through the lens of tractate Ketubot.
Daniel Boyarin, Carnal Israel: Reading Sex in Talmudic Culture (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993), 134-166. Discusses the difference between Palestinian and Babylonian rabbinic works on the stories found in the 5th chapter of Ketubot. Also includes an analysis of the stories of Rabbi Akiva’s origin, found on b. Ketubot 62b-63a (and Nedarim 50a)
Azzan Yadin, Scripture and Tradition: Rabbi Akiva and the Triumph of Midrash (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014) chapter 7. Discusses the biographical transformation of Rabbi Akiva from Tannaitic through Amoraic literature, including the origin story in Ketubot.
Shulamit Valler, “Women and Wine: The Stories and the Sugya in Tractate Ketubot Bavli and Yerushalmi,” in Proceedings of the Eleventh World Congress of Jewish Studies (1994), 153-160 (Hebrew).
Joshua Kulp, "'Go Enjoy Your Acquisition': Virginity Claims in Rabbinic Literature Reexamined," Hebrew Union College Annual 77 (2006), 33-65. HT to Michael Rosenberg
Material Culture Parallels and Overviews:
The Documents from the Bar-Kokhba Period in the Cave of Letters. Hebrew, Aramaic and Nabatean-Aramaic Papyri by Yigael Yadin, Jonas C. Greenfield, Ada Yardeni, Baruch Levine (2002), and The Documents from the bar Kokhba Period in the Cave of Letters: Greek Papyri by Yigael Yadin (1989) – These contain the editions of all the texts in Babatha’s archive.
Mordechai A. Friedman, “Contracts: Rabbinic Literature and Ancient Jewish Documents,” in The Literature of the Sages Volume 2 (2007), pp. 423-260. Great overview of material evidence that parallels rabbinic legal documents, including the Ketubah.
Hayim Lapin, Rabbis as Romans: The Rabbinic Movement in Palestine (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012), ch. 5. Discusses the rabbinic Ketubah and its parallels to other Jewish and non-Jewish documents.
Hannah Cotton, “The Rabbis and the Documents,” in Jews in a Graeco-Roman World (1998) 167-179. Hannah Cotton’s voluminous publications on the documents from the Judean desert and elsewhere are worth looking into as well!
Mordechai A. Friedman, “Babatha’s Ketubba: Some Preliminary Observations,” Israel Exploration Journal 46 (1996), 55-76.
Martin Goodman, “Babatha’s Story,” Journal of Roman Studies 81 (1991), 169-175.
Is there a source you find helpful, useful, or essential that isn’t on the list? Please add it in the comments below, and we will integrate them into the post itself (and give the requisite hat-tipping recognition).