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Blood for thought : the reinvention of sacrifice in early rabbinic literature

Author: Mira Balberg
Publisher: Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Blood for Thought delves into a relatively unexplored area of rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. Mira Balberg traces and analyzes the ways in which the early rabbis interpreted and conceived of biblical sacrifices, reinventing them as a site through which to negotiate intellectual, cultural, and religious trends and practices in their  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mira Balberg
ISBN: 9780520295926 ) 0520295927 ((hardcover ; alkaline paper)
OCLC Number: 1078523458
Notes: 40027547771
99977293588
Description: xi, 287 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Missing persons --
The work of blood --
Sacrifice as one --
Three hundred passovers --
Ordinary miracles --
Conclusion: the end of sacrifice, revisited
Responsibility: Mira Balberg

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Blood for Thought delves into a relatively unexplored area of rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. Mira Balberg traces and analyzes the ways in which the early rabbis interpreted and conceived of biblical sacrifices, reinventing them as a site through which to negotiate intellectual, cultural, and religious trends and practices in their surrounding world. Rather than viewing the rabbinic project as an attempt to generate a nonsacrificial version of Judaism, she argues that the rabbis developed a new sacrificial Jewish tradition altogether, consisting of not merely substitutes to sacrifice but elaborate practical manuals that redefined the processes themselves, radically transforming the meanings of sacrifice, its efficacy, and its value."--Provided by publisher

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