Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World

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"Scholars have defined holiness in many ways. These range from the vague and ethereal adjective 'numinous' to practical matters of ritual purity. When both a sheaf of grain and God can be called 'holy', how should we understand the elusive meaning of this word?" "Hannah K. Harrington presents an in-depth exploration of holiness in the context of rabbinic Judaism, based on a holistic yet detailed understanding of the relevant texts and Scripture. The rabbinic concept of holiness is placed alongside other notions of the sacred in the Graeco-Roman world, providing a much-needed comparative view of this core subject during a key period in the development of the Jewish religion." Holiness will be of interest to students and scholars of biblical studies, Graeco-Roman religions and Jewish studies.
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Dr Hannah K. Harrington is professor of Old Testament at Patten College, Oakland, CA, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written numerous articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinic Judaism.

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Table of Contents

Foreword, Acknowledgements, INTRODUCTION I. Scholarship on Holiness A.General Scholarship B. Rabbinic Scholarship II. Rabbinic Sources, Chapter One: The Holy One, III. Holiness as Consuming Fire A. Separation B. Perfection C. Power IV. Holiness as Goodness A. Divine Presence B. Justice and Mercy C. Life, Conclusion, Endnotes, Chapter Two: The Holy House I. Holy Space II. Holy Personnel A. High Priest B. Priests C. Levites III. Holy Ritual A. Graeco-Roman Ritual B. Jewish Ritual C. Sacrificial Offerings: Sin Offering, Guilt Offering, Burnt Offering, Meal Offering, Well-Being Offering D. The Cult after 70 C.E., Conclusion, Endnotes, Chapter Three: The Holy Land I. Sacred Center II. Rabbinic System A. Holy Land and Holy City B. Restrictions and Requirements C. Agricultural Festivals D. The Holiness of the Land after 70 C.E. III. Graeco-Roman World A. Graeco-Roman Festivals B. From Physical Site to Spiritual Center C. Christianity IV. Goodness and the Holy Land, Conclusion, Endnotes, Chapter Four: The Holy Word I. Holiness Via Divine Word II. Transmission of Holy Word III. Studying Holy Word IV. Observance of Holy Word V. Purity Restrictions VI. Life Via Holy Word VII. Holiness and Mystical Experience, Conclusion, Endnotes, Chapter Five: The Holy People I. Divine Election II. Ritual A. Circumcision B. Food C. Ritual Purity III. Ethics A. Imitatio Dei B. Ethical Goodness within Holiness C. Stoicism: Ethical Goodness without Holiness IV. Sexuality, Conclusion, Endnotes, CONCLUSION, Bibliography, Index
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