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Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism and the Greco-Roman World (Hannah K Harrington) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2001) 9780415149877


Title: Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism and the Greco-Roman World

Author: Harrington, Hannah K

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415149877

Volumes: 1; Pages: 256

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Scholars have defined holiness in many ways. These range from the vague and ethereal adjective "numinous" to practical matters of ritual purity. When a bunch of grain and God can both be called "holy," how should we understand the elusive meaning of this word?

Harrington presents an in-depth exploration of holiness in the context of rabbinic Judaism based on a holistic yet detailed understanding of the relevant texts and Scripture. The rabbinic concept of holiness is placed along other notions of the sacred in the Graeco-Roman world, providing a much-needed comparative view of this core subject during a key period in the development of the Jewish religion.

Table of Contents

Lists of figures and tables

Acknowledgements

List of abbreviations

Introduction

Scholarship on holiness

Rabbinic sources

1 The Holy One

Holiness as consuming fire

Holiness as goodness

Conclusion

2 The holy house

Holy space

Holy personnel

Holy ritual

Conclusion

3 The holy land

Sacred center

Rabbinic system

Graeco-Roman world

Goodness and the holy land

Conclusion

4 The holy word

Holiness via divine word

Transmission of holy word

Studying holy word

Observance of holy word

Purity restrictions

Life via holy word

Holiness and mystical experience

Conclusion

5 The holy people

Divine election

Ritual

Ethics

Sexuality

Conclusion

Conclusion

Appendix

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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