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Jesus and Purity Halakhah: Was Jesus Indifferent to Impurity?
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology. Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4683-3302
2010 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

What did Jesus think about Jewish practice regarding impurity? How did he relate to the inner-Jewish debates of his day concerning ritual purity and impurity? Did he discard the impurity concept altogether, or was it an obvious and natural part of his Jewish faith and life? Did he advocate another or different type of purity?

Ritual or cultic purity was paramount in Jewish society and life during the Second Temple period, and differences in purity halakhah were one of the factors that distinguished various movements. Therefore, considering purity is crucial in any attempt to interpret the historical Jesus within his contemporary context. In keeping with this goal, Thomas Kazen discusses the historical Jesus alongside what we know of Jewish purity halakhah of his time and explains Jesus’ attitude toward impurity. Kazen balances the work of New Testament scholars on Judaism and legal matters by incorporating the historical Jesus studies of Jewish scholars, seeking to engage students of the historical Jesus with the primary materials relating to legal matters.

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Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns , 2010, 2. , p. 402
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Coniectanea Biblica New Testament Series, ISSN 0069-8946 ; 38
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Religious Studies
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Biblical Studies, New testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-22ISBN: 978-1-57506-809-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-22DiVA, id: diva2:1166906
Available from: 2017-12-17 Created: 2017-12-17 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved

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