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Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature.

Author: Mira Balberg
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2014.
Series: S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the ways in which the early rabbis reshaped biblical laws of ritual purity and impurity and argues that the rabbis' new purity discourse generated a unique notion of a bodily self. Focusing on the Mishnah, a Palestinian legal codex compiled around the turn of the third century CE, Mira Balberg shows how the rabbis constructed the processes of contracting, conveying, and managing ritual impurity as  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Balberg, Mira, DR. S.
Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2014
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Mira Balberg
ISBN: 9781461957195 1461957192 9780520958210 0520958217 1306402743 9781306402743
OCLC Number: 869641251
Language Note: English.
Description: 1 online resource (277 pages)
Contents: Cover; Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature; Title; Copyright; CONTENTS; Acknowledgments; Introduction; 1. From Sources of Impurity to Circles of Impurity; 2. Subjecting the Body; 3. Objects That Matter; 4. On Corpses and Persons; 5. The Duality of Gentile Bodies; 6. The Pure Self; Epilogue: Recomposing Purity and Meaning; Notes; Bibliography; Subject Index; Source Index.
Series Title: S. Mark Taper Foundation imprint in Jewish studies.
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This book explores the ways in which the early rabbis reshaped biblical laws of ritual purity and impurity and argues that the rabbis' new purity discourse generated a unique notion of a bodily self. Focusing on the Mishnah, a Palestinian legal codex compiled around the turn of the third century CE, Mira Balberg shows how the rabbis constructed the processes of contracting, conveying, and managing ritual impurity as ways of negotiating the relations between one's self and one's body and, more broadly, the relations between one's self and one's human and nonhuman environments. With their.

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