Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud

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Oxford University Press, Nov 14, 2002 - Religion - 328 pages
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In ancient Jewish culture the ideas of purity and impurity defined the socio-cultural boundaries between Jews and Gentiles. Hayes argues that different views of the possibility of conversion, based on varying ideas about Gentile impurity, were the key factor in the formation of Jewish sects in the second temple period, and in the separation of the early Christian Church from what later became rabbinic Judaism.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
3
GENTILE IMPURITIES IN BIBLICAL AND SECOND TEMPLE SOURCES
17
GENTILE IMPURITIES IN RABBINIC SOURCES
105
A Refutation of Alon
199
A Refutation
205
A Refutation of Alon
215
Notes
223
Bibliography
285
Glossary of Hebrew Terms
293
Index of Citations
295
General Index
305
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