Children and childhood in light of the demographics of the Jewish family in late antiquity

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Abstract

The demography of the Jewish family is indispensable for the study of the nature of Jewish childhood in late antiquity. Demography in this context refers to the probable mortality rate, fertility rate and average age of first marriage for the Jews of our period. Together these demographic factors create a model of the duration and rhythm of the life-course; a model of the skeletal structure of the ancient Jewish family. We explore below the nature of Jewish childhood in late antiquity in light of the portrait of the family that emerges from a study of ancient family demographics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-343
Number of pages45
JournalJournal for the Study of Judaism
Volume37
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2006

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