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

Jonathan Klawans

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195162639
eISBN:
9780199785254
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

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 ... More


Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures

Beth A. Berkowitz

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195179194
eISBN:
9780199784509
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195179196.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Execution and Invention: Death Penalty Discourse in Early Rabbinic and Christian Cultures argues that ancient rabbis and Christians used death penalty discourse to invent themselves as ... More


Temple as Cosmos or Temple in the Cosmos: Priests, Purity, Sacrifice, and Angels

Jonathan Klawans

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

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195162639
eISBN:
9780199785254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter analyzes two distinct symbolic understandings of the Jerusalem temple and its rituals. It finds evidence for a belief in the temple as representing the cosmos in Josephus, Philo and ... More


The Purity of the Second Temple in Rabbinic Literature

Jonathan Klawans

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

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195162639
eISBN:
9780199785254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter examines an array of rabbinic sources concerning the temple, including Mishnah, Midrash, and Talmud, drawing a number of contrasts with Qumran literature in particular. The Rabbis seem ... More


The Last Supper, the Temple Incident, and the “Spiritualization” of Sacrifice in the New Testament

Jonathan Klawans

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

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
January 2007
ISBN:
9780195162639
eISBN:
9780199785254
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reexamines New Testament traditions concerning the Last Supper and Jesus’ overturning the tables in the Jerusalem temple. It argues that the last supper can be understood as a symbolic ... More


 “And Jacob Remained Alone”: The Jewish Struggle with Celibacy

Eliezer Diamond

in Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780195306316
eISBN:
9780199867721
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Judaism has been opposed to celibacy because marriage was a normal condition and a divine ordinance. The Jewish tradition provides evidence of exceptions to the rule against celibacy among marginal ... More


Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community

Naomi Koltun-Fromm

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199736485
eISBN:
9780199866427
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736485.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Religion and Society

Hermeneutics of Holiness focuses on the historical, theological, and literary trajectories of the Hebrew biblical notions of holiness from the biblical context into the fourth-century Jewish and ... More


Biblical Myth and Rabbinic Mythmaking

Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780198267331
eISBN:
9780191602078
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198267339.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This book aims to retrieve, study, and reconstruct the phenomenon of monotheistic myth over the course of two millennia, from its first literary articulations in the Hebrew Bible to mythmaking in ... More


The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Timothy H. Lim

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780300164343
eISBN:
9780300164954
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300164343.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

The discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls provides unprecedented insight into the nature of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament before its fixation. This book presents a complete account of the formation ... More


Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature

Mira Balberg

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780520295926
eISBN:
9780520968660
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520295926.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Blood for Thought delves into a relatively unexplored area of classical rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. The book traces ... More


Theological Impressionism

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199841363
eISBN:
9780199950003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter argues that theological doctrine, the output of philosophical theology, is not a natural tool for thinking about biblical/rabbinic Judaism. Fundamental to the chapter's argument is the ... More


Coming to Terms with Exile

Howard Wettstein

in The Significance of Religious Experience

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199841363
eISBN:
9780199950003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199841363.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, General, Philosophy of Religion

This chapter gives an exploration of one side of Jewish religious life, an attempt to come to terms with exile, to find spiritual riches in dark places. Exile of two varieties are distinguished: the ... More


Natural Law: A Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Trialogue

Anver M. Emon, Matthew Levering, and David Novak

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780198706601
eISBN:
9780191778469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198706601.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Theology, Judaism

This book critically and constructively explores the resources offered for natural law doctrine by classical thinkers from three traditions: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic. The book is a trialogue ... More


Rabbinic Responses to War's Failure

Reuven Firestone

in Holy War in Judaism: The Fall and Rise of a Controversial Idea

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199860302
eISBN:
9780199950621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860302.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

In the wake of the Destruction rose a new class of Jewish leadership in the rabbis. This chapter discusses the emergence and dominance of Rabbinic Judaism and its sacred literature after the ... More


“A Time for War and a Time for Peace”: Teaching Religion and Violence in the Jewish Tradition

Michael Dobkowski

in Teaching Religion and Violence

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195372427
eISBN:
9780199949618
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372427.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

This chapter examines violence, war, and power in Judaism and argues that Judaism has developed a range of perspectives on these issues. Certainly there is violence in the Hebrew Bible, most notably ... More


Rabbinic Tales of Destruction: Gender, Sex, and Disability in the Ruins of Jerusalem

Julia Watts Belser

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780190600471
eISBN:
9780190600495
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190600471.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Rabbinic Tales of Destruction examines early Jewish accounts of the Roman conquest of Jerusalem from the perspective of the wounded body and the scarred land. Amidst stories saturated with sexual ... More


Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity

Galit Hasan-Rokem

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520234536
eISBN:
9780520928947
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234536.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book shows that religion is shaped not only in the halls of theological disputation and institutions of divine study, but also in ordinary events of everyday life. The book argues that common ... More


Erecting the Fence: Texts, Contexts, Theories, and Strategies

Galit Hasan-Rokem

in Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520234536
eISBN:
9780520928947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234536.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This book aims to explore the ways in which readers can learn something about the relationship between literature and the reality in Late Antique Jewish culture by reading the texts that are known as ... More


Building the Gate, or Neighbors Make Good Fences

Galit Hasan-Rokem

in Tales of the Neighborhood: Jewish Narrative Dialogues in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520234536
eISBN:
9780520928947
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520234536.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

Rabbinic creativity is distinguished, not just by its openness to ideas engendered outside the academy and synagogue. The Rabbinical establishment can be viewed both as a territory in and as a ... More


Theology, Josephus, and Understandings of Ancient Judaism

Jonathan Klawans

in Josephus and the Theologies of Ancient Judaism

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199928613
eISBN:
9780199980567
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928613.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

This chapter reviews Josephus’s testimony regarding ancient Jewish theology and highlights issues raised in current scholarship, such as Josephus’s sources, biases, and historical veracity. This ... More


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