The Jesus Hermaphrodite: Science and Sex Difference in Premodern Europe

@article{Devun2008TheJH,
  title={The Jesus Hermaphrodite: Science and Sex Difference in Premodern Europe},
  author={Leah Devun},
  journal={Journal of the History of Ideas},
  year={2008},
  volume={69},
  pages={193 - 218}
}
  • Leah Devun
  • Published 4 April 2008
  • Art
  • Journal of the History of Ideas
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