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Summary and Conclusion

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/9780195132908.003.0008
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The distinction between ritual and moral defilement is important—even essential—simply for understanding the biblical text itself. At least four distinct approaches to the question of the relationship between ritual and moral impurity are identified. The study of ancient Judaism concerns not ancient Jewish literature strictly speaking, but the Hebrew Bible. The complexity of the concept of defilement is also addressed. It is hoped that the present study has at least contributed to that process by clarifying the dynamic between impurity and sin in an important period of the history of both Judaism and Christianity.

Keywords: ritual impurity; moral impurity; defilement; ancient Judaism; Hebrew Bible

Chapter.  2759 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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