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“They Shall Purify Themselves”: Essays on Purity in Early Judaism
Haber, Susan
Reinhartz, Adele, editor

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2008 pp. x + 240. $32.95

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Description: Recent decades have witnessed numerous studies of the role of purity in early Judaism, from ancient Israel to the rabbinic period, covering a variety of topics and approaches. The essays in this volume address three less-studied areas of this broader field: the connection, if any, between purity and the synagogue; Jesus’ observance of purity laws; and women’s relationships with purity in the first century. By providing a new perspective on the role of purity in first-century Judaism, this stimulating and refreshing collection illuminates ancient practice and informs our understanding of the role of purity in the contemporary world.

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism

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Review by Jonathan D. Lawrence
Published 5/9/2009
Citation: Jonathan D. Lawrence, review of Susan Haber, Adele Reinhartz, ed., “They Shall Purify Themselves”: Essays on Purity in Early Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


Review by Joshua Schwartz
Published 4/18/2009
Citation: Joshua Schwartz, review of Susan Haber; Adele Reinhartz, ed., “They Shall Purify Themselves”: Essays on Purity in Early Judaism, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2009).


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