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Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans


Much has been written about ritual impurity in ancient Judaism, but the question of how the ancient Jews understood the relationship between defilement and sin has largely been ignored. This book offers a systematic exploration of the topic. The book takes the results of current research on the Hebrew Bible and applies them to early Jewish and Christian groups. The Bible, it shows, considers the moral impurity generated by sin to be entirely distinct from (but no less real than) the ritual impurity generated by bodily function such as menstruation. The book then traces the relationship between ... More

Keywords: ritual impurity, ancient Judaism, Jews, sin, defilement, Hebrew Bible, bodily functions, ritual, moral impurity, Christian theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780195132908
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132908.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Klawans, author
Boston University
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