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Ritual and Moral Impurity in the New Testament

Jonathan Klawans

in Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780195132908
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848850 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195132908.003.0007
Ritual and Moral Impurity in the New Testament

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This chapter points out some ways in which the analysis can shed light on some problems facing contemporary New Testament scholarship. In particular, the distinction between ritual and moral impurity can help provide clarity to a scholarly discussion regarding purity in the New Testament that is, unfortunately, too often lacking in specificity. It also considers the distinction between ritual and moral impurity and recognizes that ancient Jews differed on the issue of the defiling force of sin. The better understanding of a number of aspects of the New Testament is shown.

Keywords: New Testament; ritual impurity; moral impurity; sin

Chapter.  12293 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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