I'm seeking to understand the nature of childhood corporal punishment among Jews during the late second Temple period -- anything pertaining to attitudes, prevalence, and practices. I'm familiar with the admonitions in Sirach but don't know of much else that is clearly pertinent. I'm interested in both (or either) Palestine and the diaspora. I'd be thankful for suggestions for primary and/or secondary sources, as well as any other potentially helpful ideas. Thank you.
Benjamin Abelow, M.D.