"A wheat may change into a zunin and a male hyena into a bat": Transformation of Plants and Animals in the Literature of the Jewish Sages

Abraham Ofir Shemesh


A prevalent Talmudic theory claims that both animals and plants can change, whether in the development process of the embryo or throughout the life of the organism. The current article analyzes the concept of the transformation. It shows that this view was rooted in Greco-Roman literature and the Jewish sages derived their outlook from the classical world with which they were familiar.


Talmud. Animals and Plants. Greco-Roman literature.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17851/1982-3053.11.20.2-13


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