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The Idea of Purity: Neusner and Douglas (Part II)

In Part I of this series, I briefly described Neusner’s initial interactions with Douglas’s work,¬†Purity and Danger. In this essay, I am reviewing Neusner’s explicit critique of Douglas’s view which comes toward the end of the fourth lecture, “The Idea of Purity in Ancient Judaism.” Neusner admits that he is not criticizing Douglas’s proposal outright. 417 more words

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The Idea of Purity: Neusner and Douglas (Part I)

In 1973, Neusner presented a series of lectures at Oberlin College in which he addressed the topic of purity in ancient Judaism. The four lectures build upon each other, beginning with the biblical text and working chronologically to talmudic Judaism, a span of about 1,000 years. 382 more words

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Order, System, Symbols, and Ancient Israel Dietary Rules

I outlined Mary Douglas’s view of culture and impurity from her work¬†Purity and Danger. In that brief overview, I highlighted the three main points that she makes about impurity, or as she refers to it, dirt. 614 more words

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Single Symbolic System

One of the questions raised by T. M. Lemos is the validity of a single, systematic explanation for all impurity laws that somehow is symbolic of some other ideology or mores. 354 more words

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