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Kazen, Thomas, ProfessorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-4683-3302
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Kazen, T. (2018). Levels of Explanation for Ideas of Impurity: Why Structuralist and Symbolic Models Often Fail While Evolutionary and Cognitive Models Succeed. Journal of Ancient Judaism, 9(1), 75-100
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Levels of Explanation for Ideas of Impurity: Why Structuralist and Symbolic Models Often Fail While Evolutionary and Cognitive Models Succeed
2018 (English)In: Journal of Ancient Judaism, ISSN 1869-3296, E-ISSN 2196-7954, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 75-100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Bible. Leviticus -- Criticism, Literary, Historical criticism (Literature), Structuralism (Literary analysis), Purity, Ritual -- Judaism, Cognitive grammar, Cosmology -- Allegory and symbolism
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-429 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2018). Smuts, skam, status: Perspektiv på samkönad sexualitet i Bibeln och antiken. Göteborg/ Stockholm: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smuts, skam, status: Perspektiv på samkönad sexualitet i Bibeln och antiken
2018 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Västerlandet har en historia av förtryck och förtal av homosexuella som bygger på en blandning av religiösa och kulturella föreställningar. Men de bibliska texter som fördömer samkönade sexuella handlingar är få och knappast begripliga utan grundläggande kunskap om antika samhällsmönster och föreställningar.

I Smuts, skam, status. Perspektiv på samkönad sexualitet i Bibeln och antiken granskas ett urval texter från Främre Orienten, Grekland och Rom, utifrån tre tolkningsparadigm: renhet–orenhet, makt och underordning, samt heder och skam. Thomas Kazen, professor i bibelvetenskap vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm, visar hur en bakomliggande hierarkisk och hedersrelaterad grundsyn kan göra texterna mer begripliga. Han reflekterar också över de stora skillnader – men också likheter – mellan antika och moderna värderingar, som kan anas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg/ Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2018. p. 228
Series
Studia Theologica Holmiensia, ISSN 1401-1557 ; 30
National Category
History of Religions History and Archaeology
Research subject
History of Religions; Biblical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-368 (URN)9789170612718 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-09-22 Created: 2019-09-22 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2017). Emotional Ethics in Biblical Texts: Cultural Construction and Biological Bases of Morality. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, 6(4), 431-456
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotional Ethics in Biblical Texts: Cultural Construction and Biological Bases of Morality
2017 (English)In: Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, ISSN 2192-2276, E-ISSN 2192-2284, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 431-456Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the evolution of human beings as a successful social species, emotions have played a crucial role. This article focuses on the role of empathy for moral discernment, and especially on its role for an expanding altruism. Although a cultural construct, morality rests on emotional underpinnings which have ensured the survival of humankind. Some of these mechanisms are illustrated by a discussion of select biblical and Second Temple period Jewish texts, including texts from the Covenant Code, Deuteronomy, the Holiness Code, Proverbs, Genesis, and ben Sira. Special attention is given to definitions of altruism, the role of kin, and potentials for expanding empathy beyond assumed limits.

Keywords
Bible. Exodus 19-40, Holiness Code, Human evolution, Ethics, Evolutionary, Altruism, Emotions (Philosophy)
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-430 (URN)10.1628/219222717x15235367195631 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2016). A Perhaps Less Halakic Jesus and Purity: On Prophetic Criticism, Halakic Innovation, and Rabbinic Anachronism. Journal For The Study of the Historical Jesus, 14(2), 120-136
Open this publication in new window or tab >>A Perhaps Less Halakic Jesus and Purity: On Prophetic Criticism, Halakic Innovation, and Rabbinic Anachronism
2016 (English)In: Journal For The Study of the Historical Jesus, ISSN 1476-8690, E-ISSN 1745-5197, Vol. 14, no 2, p. 120-136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purity practices during the first century ce were widespread in Judaea and Galilee as part of everyday life and not limited to concerns relating to the temple cult. Developments in key water rites were partly triggered by concepts of graded impurity, to which an understanding of defilement via food also belonged. Certain rabbinic characteristics represent later developments and cannot be assumed for the time of Jesus. Hand impurity did not originate as a rabbinic decree to protect tĕrûmâ, and accusations against Pharisees for setting aside Scripture in favour of their own traditions did not originate with the historical Jesus, but suggest later polemics. Jesus’ stance on purity is perhaps better characterized as prophetic than halakic.

Keywords
Bible. New Testament -- Relation to Jewish literature, 200 BC-200 AD, Purity, Ritual -- Judaism, Ritual in the Bible
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-431 (URN)10.1163/17455197-01402003 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2016). Review of Boyarin, Daniel. The Jewish Gospels: the story of the Jewish Christ. [Review]. The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, 78(4), 768-771
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Boyarin, Daniel. The Jewish Gospels: the story of the Jewish Christ.
2016 (English)In: The Catholic Biblical Quarterly, ISSN 0008-7912, E-ISSN 2163-2529, Vol. 78, no 4, p. 768-771Article, book review (Refereed) Published
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-428 (URN)
Note

Review of Boyarin, Daniel. The Jewish Gospels: the story of the Jewish Christ. Publisher: New York: The New Press, 2012. ISBN: 9781595584687.

Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2015). Concern, custom and common sense: discharge, hand washing and graded purification. Journal For The Study of the Historical Jesus, 13(2-3), 150-187
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Concern, custom and common sense: discharge, hand washing and graded purification
2015 (English)In: Journal For The Study of the Historical Jesus, ISSN 1476-8690, E-ISSN 1745-5197, Vol. 13, no 2-3, p. 150-187Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This essay interacts with E.P. Sanders’s work on purity, building on some of his insights, while disagreeing on other points. Sanders’s appeal to historical imagination and common sense is discussed and problematized. The essay deals at length with issues such as the expulsion, isolation, and integration of various impurity bearers, and the emergence of additional water rites to mitigate impurities and prevent unnecessary contamination. The evidence under discussion includes Hebrew Bible, Dead Sea texts, Philo, Josephus, New Testament, and rabbinic literature.

Keywords
purity, impurity, skin disease, genital discharge, expulsion, isolation, graded purification, first-day ablution, hand washing, ṭěbûl yôm
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-435 (URN)10.1163/17455197-01302006 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2015). Purity and Persia. In: Current issues in priestly and related literature: the legacy of Jacob Milgrom and beyond: (pp. 435-462). Atlanta: SBL Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Purity and Persia
2015 (English)In: Current issues in priestly and related literature: the legacy of Jacob Milgrom and beyond, Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015, p. 435-462Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Atlanta: SBL Press, 2015
Keywords
Bible. Old Testament -- Persian influence, Purity, Ritual -- Biblical teaching, Judaism -- History -- Pre-Talmudic Period, 586 BC-10 AD, Judaism and Zoroastrianism, Purity, Ritual -- Zoroastrianism, Yehud (Persian province)
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-434 (URN)9781628371215 (ISBN)
Note

Festschriften

Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2015). Review of Balberg, Mira. Purity, body, and self in early rabbinic literature. [Review]. History of Religions, 55(2), 231-235
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Balberg, Mira. Purity, body, and self in early rabbinic literature.
2015 (English)In: History of Religions, ISSN 0018-2710, E-ISSN 1545-6935, Vol. 55, no 2, p. 231-235Article, book review (Refereed) Published
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-432 (URN)
Note

Review of Balberg, Mira. Purity, body, and self in early rabbinic literature. Publisher: Berkeley: University of California Press, 2014. ISBN: 9780520280632.

Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2015). Review of Haber, Susan. They shall purify themselves: essays on purity in early Judaism. [Review]. Hebrew Studies, 56, 430-433
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Review of Haber, Susan. They shall purify themselves: essays on purity in early Judaism.
2015 (English)In: Hebrew Studies, ISSN 0146-4094, Vol. 56, p. 430-433Article, book review (Refereed) Published
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-433 (URN)
Note

Review of Haber, Susan. They shall purify themselves: essays on purity in early Judaism. Publisher: Leiden, Boston: Brill, 2008. ISBN: 9789004146822.

Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2014). Revelation, interpretation, tradition: Jesus, authority and halakic development. In: Samuel Byrskog, Tom Holmén and Matti Kankaanniemi. (Ed.), The identity of Jesus: Nordic voices. Paper presented at Nordic Symposium on the Historical Jesus (1 :2010 :Åbo, Finland) (pp. 127-160). Tübingen
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Revelation, interpretation, tradition: Jesus, authority and halakic development
2014 (English)In: The identity of Jesus: Nordic voices / [ed] Samuel Byrskog, Tom Holmén and Matti Kankaanniemi., Tübingen, 2014, p. 127-160Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tübingen: , 2014
Series
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament. R. 2, ISSN 0340-9570 ; 373
Keywords
Jesus Christ, Bible. New Testament -- Relation to Jewish literature, 200 BC-200 AD, Bible. New Testament -- Relation to Old Testament, Bible -- Law, Dead Sea scrolls -- Relation to the Bible, Bible. Mark 1-9, Bible. Mark 10-12, Bible. Matthew 5-7, Bible. Matthew 11-13, Bible. Matthew 14-17, Bible. Matthew 18-25, Bible. Luke 10-18, Bible. Gospels -- Theology, Bible. Gospels -- Criticism, Source, Halacha, Jewish law -- Interpretation and construction, Jewish sects, Sabbath -- Biblical teaching, Sabbath (Jewish law), Healing in the Bible, Life -- Religious aspects -- Judaism, Purity, Ritual -- Biblical teaching, Purity, Ritual -- Judaism, Divorce -- Biblical teaching, Divorce (Jewish law), Conference proceedings
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-438 (URN)9783161522048 (ISBN)
Conference
Nordic Symposium on the Historical Jesus (1 :2010 :Åbo, Finland)
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
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