Prof. Beth Berkowitz’s new book, "Animals and Animality in the Babylonian Talmud"

Prof. Beth Berkowitz’s new book, Animals and Animality in the Babylonian Talmud, will be published on April 19, 2018, with Cambridge University Press. This book selects key themes in animal studies - animal intelligence, morality, sexuality, suffering, danger, personhood - and explores their development in the Babylonian Talmud.  Prof. Berkowitz demonstrates that distinctive features of the Talmud - the new literary genre, the convergence of Jewish, Christian, and Zoroastrian cultures, the Talmud’s remove from Temple-centered biblical Israel - led to unprecedented possibilities within Jewish culture for conceptualizing animals and animality.  Here is a link to more information about the book:  http://www.cambridge.org/us/academic/subjects/religion/judaism/animals-and-animality-babylonian-talmud?format=HB