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Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Christine E. Hayes


For more than a century, scholars of ancient Judaism and early Christianity have assumed that ancient Jews viewed Gentiles as ritually impure, and that this alleged principle of Gentile ritual impurity was the basis for a strict and burdensome policy of separation between Jews and non‐Jews. The present volume corrects decades of erroneous scholarship on the question of Gentile ritual impurity and the history of Jewish perceptions of Gentiles in antiquity. Although purity and impurity were intimately connected with questions of identity and otherness in ancient Jewish culture, the terms “pure” ... More

Keywords: ancient Judaism, conversion, early Christianity, Gentiles, identity, impurity, intermarriage, purity, rabbinic Judaism, sectarianism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195151206
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195151208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christine E. Hayes, author
Yale University
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