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May the Lord Make You My Atonement: Yom Kippur in the Ethnographic Accounts on the Jews

Yaacov Deutsch

in Judaism in Christian Eyes

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199756537
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950201 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199756537.003.0003
May the Lord Make You My Atonement: Yom Kippur in the Ethnographic Accounts on the Jews

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This chapter focuses on the descriptions of a single festival—Yom Kippur. Out of all the possible holidays, Yom Kippur has been chosen for several reasons. To begin with, it comes up more often than any other festival in the ethnographic accounts, so that there is more material on the Day of Atonement than any other topic. Moreover, Yom Kippur constitutes one of the most important festivals on the Jewish calendar, which helps explain why it attracted so much attention from Christian authors. As a result, it also stands to reason that writing about Yom Kippur is more comprehensive than any of the other holidays.

Keywords: ethnographic accounts; Jewish holidays; Yom Kippur; Day of Atonement; Christian authors

Chapter.  17193 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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