Guest lecture with Bernadette Brooten: Marriage between Women? Jewish and Christian Sources from the Roman Period

Welcome to ONTEC-lecture with professor Bernadette Brooten, Brandeis University, USA

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About the lecture

Ancient Jewish and Christian sources on women marrying other women fit into a broader range of such sources in the Roman world. Did some women think of their partners as if they were lawful wives? Might some of these persons have had ambiguous genitalia? Could they be the earliest evidence for the social-economic institution of woman-woman marriage that exists today in the Sudan, Kenya, Cameroon, and Nigeria? Or were the male authors of these texts simply conjuring up their worst nightmare or polemicizing? The lecture will help you think through each of these options, so that you can decide.

Published Aug. 13, 2019 3:55 PM - Last modified Aug. 20, 2019 1:57 PM