Judaism has recognized nonbinary persons for millennia
February 18, 2022
Thought nonbinary gender was a modern concept? Think again. The ancient Jewish understanding of gender was far more nuanced than many assume.
The Talmud, a huge and authoritative compendium of Jewish legal traditions, contains in fact no less than eight gender designations including:
• Zachar, male.
• Nekevah, female.
• Androgynos, having both male and female characteristics.
• Tumtum, lacking sexual characteristics.
• Aylonit hamah, identified female at birth but later naturally developing male characteristics.
• Aylonit adam, identified female at birth but later develo...