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How the Temple Thinks: Identity and Social Cohesion in Ancient Judaism (Francis Schmidt) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2001) 9781841272085
How the Temple Thinks: Identity and Social Cohesion in Ancient Judaism (Francis Schmidt) Paperback Book, (Bloomsbury T & T Clark, 2001) 9781841272085
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Title: How the Temple Thinks: Identity and Social Cohesion in Ancient Judaism

Author: Schmidt, Francis

Publisher: Bloomsbury T & T Clark; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9781841272085

Volumes: 1; Pages: 312

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Beyond the political elites and the scribes, among the anonymous and unranked, the Jerusalem Temple provided the necessary social cohesion for Judaism and the Jewish people. It acted not only as edifice but also as system of thought, with its categories of pure and impure, of sacred and profane, extending beyond the sanctuary to the Land of Israel, from the sacrificial altar to the daily tables. The Temple was already an idea more than a reality in the Dead Sea Scrollls, and it came to an end in 70 C.E.. Yet even beyond this end, when Rabbinic Judaism takes shape, there remains the 'Thinking of the Temple'.

Contents

List of Figures

Abbreviations

Acknowledgments

Ch. 1 Introduction

Being a Jew

Identity

Spatialization

Parting with the Scribes

The Places of Jewish Identity

Periodization

Christian Historiography

Jewish Historiography

Plan

Ch. 2 Prolegomena

The Establishing of Judaism or the End of the Period of the Second Temple

Ch. 3 The Temple

Yehoezer the Priest

How the Temple Thinks

Ch. 4 Identity at the Frontiers

The Foreigner's Sacrifice

The Samaritans or the Israelites of Mount Gerizim

Ch. 5 Living without the Temple

Mythologies

Living without the Temple at Qumran?

The Temple of the Twelve Gates

The Temple and How the Temple Thinks at Qumran

Ch. 6 From the Altar to the Table

A Stage at Scythopolis or in Demai Country

The Foreigners in the House

Farm Produce and the Food Laws: the Ancient System

Farm Produce and the Food Laws: the New System

Ch. 7 Conclusion

Temple and Identity

The Temple and its System of Thought

Glossary

Chronological References

Bibliography

Subject Index

Index of References

Index of Authors

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