Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol between Jews and Christians / Edition 1

Blood and Belief: The Circulation of a Symbol between Jews and Christians / Edition 1

by David Biale
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520257987

ISBN-13: 9780520257986

Pub. Date: 09/01/2008

Publisher: University of California Press

Blood contains extraordinary symbolic power in both Judaism and Christianity—as the blood of sacrifice, of Jesus, of the Jewish martyrs, of menstruation, and more. Yet, though they share the same literary, cultural, and religious origins, on the question of blood the two religions have followed quite different trajectories. For instance, while Judaism rejects

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Blood contains extraordinary symbolic power in both Judaism and Christianity—as the blood of sacrifice, of Jesus, of the Jewish martyrs, of menstruation, and more. Yet, though they share the same literary, cultural, and religious origins, on the question of blood the two religions have followed quite different trajectories. For instance, while Judaism rejects the eating or drinking of blood, Christianity mandates its symbolic consumption as a central sacrament. How did these two traditions, both originating in the Hebrew Bible's cult of blood sacrifices, veer off in such different directions? With his characteristic wit and erudition, David Biale traces the continuing, changing, and often clashing roles of blood as both symbol and substance through the entire sweep of Jewish and Christian history from Biblical times to the present.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520257986
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Preface     XI
Introduction: Writing with Blood     1
Pollution and Power: Blood in the Hebrew Bible     9
Blood and the Covenant: The Jewish and Christian Careers of a Biblical Verse     44
God's Blood: Medieval Jews and Christians Debate the Body     81
Power in the Blood: The Medieval and the Modern in Nazi Anti-Semitism     123
From Blood Libel to Blood Community: Self-Defense and Self-Assertion in Modern Jewish Culture     162
Epilogue: Blood and Belief     207
Notes     215
Selected Bibliography     261
Index     281

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