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Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature
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Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature

Mira Balberg

Abstract

This book explores the ways in which the early rabbis reshaped and reinvented the biblical laws of ritual purity and impurity, and it argues that the purity discourse that the rabbis created generated a new and unique notion of a bodily self. Focusing on the Mishnah, a Palestinian legal codex compiled around the turn of the third century CE, Mira Balberg shows that the rabbis construct the processes of contracting, conveying, and managing ritual impurity as sites in which the relations between one's self and one's body—and, more broadly, the relations between one's self and one's human and non ... More

Keywords: purity, impurity, body, self, subjectivity, Mishnah, rabbis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780520280632
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520280632.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mira Balberg, author