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Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities : Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud - Christine E. Hayes

Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities

Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

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Published: 1st October 2002
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This book explores the diverse views of Gentile impurity found in Second Temple and rabbinic sources. Christine Hayes seeks to to determine the role such views played in the rise and development of sectarianism within late antique society and in the regulation of Jewish - Gentile interactions. In ancient Jewish culture the ideas of purity served to define the socio - cultural boundaries between Jews and Gentile others. A proper understanding of Jewish notions of Gentile impurity is therefore crutial to an accurate reconstruction of Jewish atitudes towards, and interaction with non-Jews. Hayes discovers that different views on the question of Gentile impurity led to widely varying definitions of group identity and the permeability of group boundaries among the ancient Jews. These differing views of impurity resulted in widely divergent atitudes towards intermarriage and conversion-The two processes by which boundaries may be penetrated.The crucial difference, Hayes finds, is the extent to which impurity is seen as racial and inherited rather than determined by religious and moral practice. She argues that different views of the possibility of conversion , based on differing ideas about impurity, were the key factor in the formation of Jewish sects in the second temple period, and in the seperation of the early Christian Church from what would later be rabbinic Judaism.

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviationsp. xi
Transliteration Systemp. xiii
Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identitiesp. 1
Introductionp. 3
Gentile Impurities in Biblical and Second Temple Sourcesp. 17
Gentile Impurity in the Biblep. 19
The Impurity of Gentiles in Second Temple Sourcesp. 45
Impurity, Intermarriage, and Conversion in Second Temple Sourcesp. 68
Intermarriage in the Writings of Paul and the Early Church Fathersp. 92
Gentile Impurities in Rabbinic Sourcesp. 105
Gentiles and Ritual Impurity in Rabbinic Sourcesp. 107
Gentiles and Moral Impurity: Rabbinic Attitudes to Intermarriagep. 145
Gentiles and Genealogical Impurity: Converts and Their Offspring in Rabbinic Textsp. 164
Conclusionp. 193
The Impurity of Gentile Lands and Houses: a Refutation of Alonp. 199
Evidence for Intrinsic or Derived Gentile Ritual Impurity: a Refutationp. 205
The Ritual Impurity of Idolatry: a Refutation of Alonp. 215
Notesp. 223
Bibliographyp. 285
Glossary of Hebrew Termsp. 293
Index of Citationsp. 295
General Indexp. 305
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ISBN: 9780195151206
ISBN-10: 0195151208
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st October 2002
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 16.13  x 2.82
Weight (kg): 0.6