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Jesus and Purity Halakhah: Was Jesus Indifferent to Impurity?
Kazen, Thomas

Winona Lake, Ind.: Eisenbrauns, 2010 pp. xii + 402. $44.95

Series Information
Coniectanea Biblica New Testament Series, 38

Description: Ritual or cultic purity was paramount in Jewish society and life during the Second Temple period, and differences in purity halakhah were one of the factors that distinguished various movements. Therefore, considering purity is crucial in any attempt to interpret the historical Jesus within his contemporary context. In the latest or ďthirdĒ phase of historical Jesus study, researchers have given prominence to Jesusí social and cultural context. In keeping with this goal, Thomas Kazen discusses the historical Jesus alongside what we know of Jewish purity halakhah of his time and explains Jesusí attitude toward impurity. Kazen balances the work of New Testament scholars on Judaism and legal matters by incorporating the historical Jesus studies of Jewish scholars, seeking to engage students of the historical Jesus with the primary materials relating to legal matters.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Synoptic Gospels, Literature

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Review by Kevin McCruden
Published 3/10/2012
Citation: Kevin McCruden, review of Thomas Kazen, Jesus and Purity Halakhah: Was Jesus Indifferent to Impurity?, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2012).

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