Ritual and Morality: The Ritual Purity System and its Place in Judaism

Ritual and Morality: The Ritual Purity System and its Place in Judaism

by Hyam Maccoby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521093651

ISBN-13: 9780521093651

Pub. Date: 01/11/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The book explains clearly the ritual purity system of the Hebrew Bible. Maccoby focuses on the various human conditions (corpse impurity, menstruation, childbirth, sexual intercourse, and certain diseases), which are not sinful, but which disqualify Israelites from entering the Temple unless they have been purified. Various recent theories of the origin and meaning of…  See more details below

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The book explains clearly the ritual purity system of the Hebrew Bible. Maccoby focuses on the various human conditions (corpse impurity, menstruation, childbirth, sexual intercourse, and certain diseases), which are not sinful, but which disqualify Israelites from entering the Temple unless they have been purified. Various recent theories of the origin and meaning of the rules of ritual purity are discussed, and common misconceptions are corrected. New solutions are proposed for various problems. This is the first book on the subject that is accessible to the specialist and nonspecialist reader alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521093651
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
01/11/2009
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. The sources of impurity: the human corpse; 2. The corpse in the tent: an excursus; 3. The sources of impurity: menstruation; 4. The sources of impurity: childbirth, the Zab and Zabah; 5. Normal emissions; 6. Animals and purity; 7. Impurity and sacrifices; 8. The Red Cow: part one; 9. The Red Cow: part two; 10. Leprosy; 11. The purification of the leper; 12. Corpse and leper: an excursus; 13. Ritual purity in the New Testament; 14. Milgrom on purity in the Bible; 15. From demons to ethics; 16. Ritual purity and morality; Appendices.

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