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Holiness in Jewish Thought

Alan L. Mittleman


Holiness is a challenge for contemporary Jewish thought. The concept of holiness is crucial to religious discourse in general and to Jewish discourse in particular. “Holiness” seems to express an important feature of religious thought and of religious ways of life. Yet the concept is ill defined. This collection explores what concepts of holiness were operative in different periods of Jewish history and bodies of Jewish literature. It offers preliminary reflections on their theological and philosophical import today. The contributors illumine some of the major episodes concerning holiness in t ... More

Keywords: Holiness as physical property, holiness as value, holiness and ethics, sacred time and space, ritual and ethics

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198796497
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198796497.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan L. Mittleman, editor
Aaron Rabinowitz and Simon H. Rifkind Professor of Jewish Philosophy, Jewish Theological Seminary

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