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Sexual Pollution in the Hebrew Bible

Eve Levavi Feinstein


The concepts of purity and pollution are fundamental to the worldview reflected in the Hebrew Bible, yet this is the first book to examine the ways biblical texts apply these concepts to sexual relationships. Drawing on psychological and cross-cultural studies as well as on philological and historical-critical analysis of biblical texts, this book argues that the concept of pollution is rooted in disgust and that pollution language applied to sexual relations expresses a sense of bodily contamination resulting from revulsion. Most texts in the Hebrew Bible that use pollution language in sexual ... More

Keywords: Hebrew Bible, purity, pollution, Holiness legislation, women, disgust, Leviticus 18, Ezekiel, Ezra

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199395545
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395545.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eve Levavi Feinstein, author
Harvard University