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Purity and monotheism [electronic resource] : clean and unclean animals in biblical law / Walter Houston.

By: Houston, Walter.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Journal for the study of the Old TestamentSupplement series: 140.Publisher: Sheffield, England : JSOT Press, c1993Description: 1 online resource (314 p.).ISBN: 9780567071903 (electronic bk.); 0567071901 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Jews -- Dietary laws -- Biblical teaching | Bible. Old Testament -- Theology | Bible. Old Testament | Purity, Ritual | RELIGION -- Judaism -- Rituals & PracticeGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Purity and monotheism.DDC classification: 296.730901 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Preface; Abbreviations; A Note on Hebrew; Chapter 1 APPROACHES TO A PROBLEM; Chapter 2 THE LAW OF UNCLEAN FLESH; Chapter 3 A REVIEW OF EXPLANATIONS; Chapter 4 THE CONTEXT SURVEYED; Chapter 5 THE CONTEXT INTERPRETED; Chapter 6 PURITY AND MONOTHEISM; Chapter 7 MONOTHEISM WITHOUT PURITY; Bibliography; Index of References; Index of Authors.
Summary: The distinction between clean and unclean animals, probably originating in tensions between shepherds and farmers, is in the biblical laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 transformed into an important theological principle. In this wide-ranging and elegantly written study, Houston argues that the avoidance of 'unclean' foods is a mark of the exclusive devotion of Israel to one god. In a concluding chapter, it is suggested that the abolition of the distinction in early Christianity corresponds to the universal horizon of the new faith.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [283]-303) and indexes.

Preface; Abbreviations; A Note on Hebrew; Chapter 1 APPROACHES TO A PROBLEM; Chapter 2 THE LAW OF UNCLEAN FLESH; Chapter 3 A REVIEW OF EXPLANATIONS; Chapter 4 THE CONTEXT SURVEYED; Chapter 5 THE CONTEXT INTERPRETED; Chapter 6 PURITY AND MONOTHEISM; Chapter 7 MONOTHEISM WITHOUT PURITY; Bibliography; Index of References; Index of Authors.

The distinction between clean and unclean animals, probably originating in tensions between shepherds and farmers, is in the biblical laws of Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14 transformed into an important theological principle. In this wide-ranging and elegantly written study, Houston argues that the avoidance of 'unclean' foods is a mark of the exclusive devotion of Israel to one god. In a concluding chapter, it is suggested that the abolition of the distinction in early Christianity corresponds to the universal horizon of the new faith.

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