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The Different Life Stages: From Childhood to Old Age

Jonathan Schofer

in The Oxford Handbook of Jewish Daily Life in Roman Palestine

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199216437
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199216437.013.0018

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Different Life Stages: From Childhood to Old Age

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This article examines approaches to the topic of life cycles among Jews in Roman Palestine. It first identifies the methodological issues associated with comparing the Jewish and (Graeco-) Roman understandings of life stages. It then studies the Qumran, rabbinic texts, and rabbinic sources on childhood, old age, and death. Finally, the article describes the life stages of the non-rabbis based on the rabbinic sources and Mishnah Abot 5:21.

Keywords: life cycles; methodological issues; life stages; Qumran; Mishnah Abot 5:21

Article.  7555 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical History ; Marriage and the Family

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