Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World

Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism in the Graeco-Roman World

Paperback Religion in the First Christian Centuries

By (author) Hannah K. Harrington

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  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 139mm x 214mm x 12mm | 354g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0415149878
  • ISBN 13: 9780415149877
  • Illustrations note: 7 drawings, 9 b&w photographs, bibliography, index
  • Sales rank: 723,105

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In this in-depth exploration of holiness in the context of rabbinic Judaism, Hannah K. Harrington places the rabbinic concept of holiness alongside other notions of the sacred in the Graeco-Roman world. Holistic and yet detailed, this volume provides a much-needed comparative view of this subject during a key period in the development of the Jewish religion.

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Dr Hannah K. Harrington is professor of Old Testament at Patten College, Oakland, CA, USA. She received her Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and has written numerous articles on the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinic Judaism.

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""I am grateful to the editors of the Quarterly for having sent it (this book) to me, and I recommend it to interested Orthodox readers for an education about the often startlingly familiar ways in which our kinfolk in the "Isreal of God" approach the Holy One of Moses and the prophets.." -Hieromonk Alexander, St. Vladimir's Theological Quarterly

Table of contents

Forward AcknowledgementsIntroduction I. Scholarship on Holiness II. Rabbinic Sources 1. The Holy One III. Holiness as Consuming Fire IV. Holiness as Goodness 2. The Holy House I. Holy Space II. Holy Personnel III. Holy Ritual 3. The Holy Land I. Sacred Centre II. Rabbinic System II. Graeco-Roman World IV. Goodness and the Holy Land 4. The Holy Word I. Holiness via Divine Word II. Transmission of Holy Word III. Studying Holy Word IV. Observance of Holy Word V. Purity Restrictions VI. Life via Holy Word VII. Holiness and Mystical Experience 5. The Holy People I. Divine Election II. Ritual III. Ethics IV. Ethics IV. Sexuality Conclusion Bibliography Index