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Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Christine E. Hayes

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151206
eISBN:
9780199834273
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151208.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

For more than a century, scholars of ancient Judaism and early Christianity have assumed that ancient Jews viewed Gentiles as ritually impure, and that this alleged principle of Gentile ritual ... More


Introduction

Christine E. Hayes

in Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151206
eISBN:
9780199834273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151208.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The ethnic identity of ancient Israelites was constructed in opposition to Gentile, or alien, “others” and was expressed in terms of purity and impurity. Different constructions of Jewish identity ... More


Gentile Impurity in the Bible

Christine E. Hayes

in Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151206
eISBN:
9780199834273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151208.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

According to the Pentateuch, Gentiles are not subject to the laws of ritual impurity and do not communicate ritual impurity to others (the important and apparently exceptional cases of carcass and ... More


The Impurity of Gentiles in Second Temple Sources

Christine E. Hayes

in Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151206
eISBN:
9780199834273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151208.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In a wide range of Jewish texts representing diverse groups in the Second Temple period, Gentiles are consistently portrayed as susceptible to moral rather than ritual impurity – in keeping with ... More


Impurity, Intermarriage, and Conversion in Second Temple Sources

Christine E. Hayes

in Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151206
eISBN:
9780199834273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151208.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

While most Second Temple sources follow the Pentateuch in permitting marriage with Gentiles who renounce idolatry and immorality, others – such as Jubilees and 4QMMT– do not. In these two works, ... More


Gentiles and Moral Impurity: Rabbinic Attitudes to Intermarriage

Christine E. Hayes

in Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195151206
eISBN:
9780199834273
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195151208.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The rabbinic approach to intermarriage differs considerably from that of the Second Temple sources examined in Ch. 4. The rabbis reject the holy‐seed thinking of Ezra and related sources and – in ... More


Prophecy and Conversion (37:2–Chap. 38): Joseph, The Prophetic Dreamer, Is Sold (37:2–36) Judah's Whoringand Conversion (Chap. 38)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0035
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Joseph story, with its almost‐continuous narrative, is not substantially different from the rest of Genesis. Rather, it is like Genesis coming into bloom, and it responds to the earlier issues in ... More


Remembering Joseph: His Rise and the Brothers' Conversion (Chaps. 41–42): Joseph Becomes the Wise Ruler of Egypt (Chap. 41)The Anatomy of the Brothers' Conversion (Chap. 42)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0037
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The narrative recounts first, how the butler finally remembered his sins and Joseph, thus bringing Joseph to be in charge of the famine situation (Genesis 41), and then how the famished brothers went ... More


Back to Egypt: The Generosity That Brings Conversion (Chaps. 43–44): An Initial Turningand Joseph's Generous Meal (Chap. 43)The Final TurningBack, Led by Judah (Chap. 44)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue: A Literary, Historical, and Theological Commentary

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195138368
eISBN:
9780199834037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195138368.003.0038
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The brothers’ conversion advances in two stages. First, following a courageous decision to return to Egypt, they are reassured by a generous meal (Genesis 43). Then, when Joseph's cup is found in ... More


Conversion and Its Consequences

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

in Paul: His Story

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199266531
eISBN:
9780191601583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266530.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Paul’s encounter with Jesus transformed the knowledge he had of the founder of Christianity that he had gained as a persecutor. A very brief mission in Arabia was followed by three years in Damascus ... More


Antioch and Jerusalem

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

in Paul: His Story

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
November 2004
ISBN:
9780199266531
eISBN:
9780191601583
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199266530.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Before moving to his maintenance base at Ephesus, Paul reported to Antioch, where he became embroiled in a controversy regarding the conditions on which Gentiles could become Christians. A meeting in ... More


Conversion and its Consequences

Jerome Murphy-oʼconnor

in Paul: A Critical Life

Published in print:
1998
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780192853424
eISBN:
9780191670589
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192853424.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Early Christian Studies

Luke mentioned three circumstantial accounts of Paul's conversion. The chapter argues that Paul's conversion and call to ministry are inseparable. This chapter discussed the process of ‘recognition ... More


Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity

Jill Hicks-Keeton

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878993
eISBN:
9780190879020
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878993.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Arguing with Aseneth shows how the ancient romance Joseph and Aseneth moves a minor character in Genesis from obscurity to renown, weaving a new story whose main purpose was to intervene in ancient ... More


Conclusion

Jill Hicks-Keeton

in Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878993
eISBN:
9780190879020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878993.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Joseph and Aseneth shows us that we need to expand our categories of inclusion if we want to capture accurately the full range of ways in which ancient Jews, including those affiliated with the Jesus ... More


A Christianized Sephardic Critique of Rashi’s Peshaṭ in Pablo de Santa María’s Additiones ad Postillam Nicolai de Lyra

Yosi Yisraeli

in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264629
eISBN:
9780823266821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter takes up the convert Pablo de Santa María’s responses (Additiones) to Nicholas of Lyra’s Postillam to the Bible. Although many critics have tried to summarize Santa María’s exegetical ... More


Exegesis as Autobiography: The Case of Guillaume De Bourges

Steven F. Kruger

in Medieval Exegesis and Religious Difference: Commentary, Conflict, and Community in the Premodern Mediterranean

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780823264629
eISBN:
9780823266821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823264629.003.0013
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter looks at the biblical commentaries of the thirteenth-century Jew Guillaume de Bourges, converted to Christianity under the aegis of the archbishop of Bourges, Guillaume de Donjeon. By ... More


Jewish Solutions to the Gentile Problem

Matthew Thiessen

in Paul and the Gentile Problem

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780190271756
eISBN:
9780190271770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190271756.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Discussions of early Judaism too frequently describe it in monolithic ways. In relation to gentiles and Judaism, this has led to the belief that there was only one way for gentiles to relate ... More


The Genealogy of Repentance

David A. Lambert

in How Repentance Became Biblical: Judaism, Christianity, and the Interpretation of Scripture

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190212247
eISBN:
9780190212261
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190212247.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter considers the time and place of the rise of repentance. Moving from Greek sources to late Second Temple, early Christian, and rabbinic literatures, it argues that there is, in fact, a ... More


Introduction

Jill Hicks-Keeton

in Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878993
eISBN:
9780190879020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878993.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

The Introduction claims that the ancient romance Joseph and Aseneth moves a minor character in Genesis from obscurity to renown, weaving a new story whose main purpose was to intervene in ancient ... More


Genesis Remix: Aseneth’s “Living God” as Creator of Life

Jill Hicks-Keeton

in Arguing with Aseneth: Gentile Access to Israel's Living God in Jewish Antiquity

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780190878993
eISBN:
9780190879020
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878993.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

The divine title “(the) living God” in Joseph and Aseneth is used in conjunction with the narrative’s other language and imagery of “life” and “living” to construct a totalizing paradigm of ... More


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