Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Paperback | September 15, 2004

byJonathan Klawans

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This book examines the ways in which two distinct biblical conceptions of impurity-"ritual" and "moral"-were interpreted in the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic literature, and the New Testament. In examining the evolution of ancient Jewish attitudes towards sin and defilement,Klawans sheds light on a fascinating but previously neglected topic.

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This book examines the ways in which two distinct biblical conceptions of impurity-"ritual" and "moral"-were interpreted in the Hebrew Bible, the Dead Sea Scrolls, rabbinic literature, and the New Testament. In examining the evolution of ancient Jewish attitudes towards sin and defilement,Klawans sheds light on a fascinating but previo...

Jonathan Klawans is at Boston University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9.45 × 6.1 × 0.98 inPublished:September 15, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195177657

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"This volume makes a major contribution to the study of Ancient Judaism and Christianity. Professor Klawans has disentangled some confusing threads of ancient thinking about purity and has revealed a complex, nuanced array of perspectives to be found in our documentation. Those who wish tohomogenize ancient Jewish thinking on the subject will hence forth be without excuse."--Anglican Theological Review