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By Daniel Schiff

ISBN-10: 0511020953

ISBN-13: 9780511020957

ISBN-10: 0521806224

ISBN-13: 9780521806220

Abortion in Judaism provides a whole Jewish felony heritage of abortion from the earliest appropriate biblical references in the course of the finish of the 20th century. For the 1st time, virtually each Jewish textual content proper to the abortion factor is explored intimately. those texts are investigated in historic series, thereby elucidating the advance inherent in the Jewish method of abortion. The paintings considers the insights that this thematic heritage presents into Jewish moral ideas, in addition to into the function of halakhah inside of Judaism.

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Potential alternative targets are      There are texts that support this view. ’ Because it says: ‘And he that smiteth anybody mortally . . [Leviticus :],’ which I might understand to mean even if he kills a child born after only eight months of pregnancy. Therefore, it says: ‘And if men strive together,’ thereby telling us that one is not guilty of death unless he kills a viable child” (Mekilta de-Rabbi Ishmael, Masekhet Nezikin, chapter , p. ). Later scholars would also use “doubtful viability” extensively for somewhat different purposes.

We do not ask precisely whether it is formed or not formed . ”; G. Grisez, Abortion: The Myths, the Realities and the Arguments, New York, Corpus Books, , p. .  Riddle, Contraception and Abortion, pp. –. Grisez, Abortion, p. . The conundrum takes shape  Philonic approaches to abortion pervaded and molded initial Christian deliberations on the subject. The second, and probably more significant, reason for the decline related to the Hellenization of the Philonic and Alexandrian forms of Judaism.

Like many other sections of that unique composition, the verses of Exodus  :– introduced new ideas that would prove    Sandmel, Philo of Alexandria, p. . See above, pp. –. Weinfeld, “Hamitat Ubar,” .  Abortion in Judaism to have profound importance in differentiating the Israelites from their surrounding milieu. Chief among them, and the notion that would later serve as the foundation stone of the abortion viewpoints within Judaism, was the apparent distinction created by Exodus  :– between the value of a pregnant woman and her fetus.

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