Query: Childhood Corporal Punishment During Late 2nd Temple Period

Benjamin Abelow's picture

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.

benjamin.abelow@gmail.com

For the question of Benjamin Abelow, who is seeking to understand the nature of childhood corporal punishment among Jews during the late second Temple period see Michael Rosenak, Corporal Punishment in Jewish Education: A Philosophical-Educational Exploration, in: Jews and Violence: Images, Ideologies, Realities, Studies in Contemporary Jewry (Annual xviii), 2002, edited by Peter Y. Medding (Oxford University Press), pp. 168-185.

Among the sources which Rosenak is referring to in regard to this ancient period I believe that you can find the best summary and bibliography which you are seeking for.

For a general discussion on children in the Ancient Jewish Literature see:
David Kraemer, Images of Childhood and Adolescence in Talmudic Literture, in: D. Kraemer (ed.), The Jewish Family: Metaphor and Memory, Oxford University Press, New York and Oxford, 1989, pp. 65-80; Meir Bar-Ilan, haYaldut uMaamada baHevra haMikrait veHaTalmudit, Beit Mikra vol. 40 no. 1 (1995), pp. 19-32.

Admiel Kosman
Potsdam University