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Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple: Symbolism and Supersessionism in the Study of Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans


This book reevaluates modern scholarly approaches to ancient Jewish cultic rituals, arguing that sacrifice in particular has been long misunderstood. Various religious and cultural ideologies (especially supersessionist ones) have frequently prevented scholars from seeing the Jerusalem temple as a powerful source of meaning and symbolism to those ancient Jews who worshiped there. Such approaches are exposed and countered by reviewing the theoretical literature on sacrifice and taking a fresh look at a broad range of evidence concerning ancient Jewish attitudes toward the temple and its sacrifi ... More

Keywords: Jerusalem, ancient Judaism, Hebrew Bible, metaphor, Josephus, Philo, Pseudepigrapha, New Testament, Dead Sea Scrolls, Rabbinic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195162639
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Klawans, author
Boston University
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