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Sexual Pollution in the Hebrew Bible

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by Eve Levavi Feinstein

    • Author

      Eve Levavi Feinstein

    • Book Format

      Hardback

    • Publisher

      Oxford University Press

    • Published

      October 2014

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    The concepts of purity and pollution are fundamental to the worldview reflected in the Hebrew Bible, yet the ways biblical texts apply these concepts to sexual relationships remain largely overlooked. Sexual Pollution in the Hebrew Bible argues that, when applied to sexual relations, pollution language usually reflects a conception of women as sexual property susceptible to being "ruined" for particular men through contamination by others. In contrast, however, the Holiness legislation of the Pentateuch applies such language to men who engage in transgressive sexual relations, conveying the idea that male bodily purity is a prerequisite for individual and communal holiness. This understanding of sexual pollution, found in Leviticus 18, has a profound impact on later texts. In the book of Ezekiel, it contributes to a broader conception of pollution resulting from Israel's sins, which bring about the Babylonian exile. In the book of Ezra, it figures in a view of the Israelite community as a body of males contaminated by foreign women.
    Drawing on psychological and cross-cultural studies as well as philological and historical-critical analysis of biblical texts, Eve Feinsteins study illuminates the reasons why the idea of pollution adheres to particular domains of experience, including sex, death, and certain types of infirmity.

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    • Author

      Eve Levavi Feinstein

    • Book Format

      Hardback

    • Publisher

      Oxford University Press

    • Published

      October 2014

    • Weight

      545g

    • Page Count

      312

    • Dimensions

      156 x 234 x 21 mm

    • ISBN

      9780199395545

    • ISBN-10

      0199395543

    • Eden Code

      4514511

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    • Author/Creator: Eve Levavi Feinstein

    • ISBN: 9780199395545

    • Publisher: Oxford University Press

    • Release Date: October 2014

    • Weight: 545g

    • Dimensions: 156 x 234 x 21 mm

    • Eden Code: 4514511


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