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Blood for Thought – The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature - California Scholarship Online
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Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature

Mira Balberg


Blood for Thought delves into a relatively unexplored area of classical rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. The book traces and analyzes the ways in which the early rabbis interpreted and conceived of biblical sacrifices, and examines sacrifice and worship in the temple as sites through which the rabbis negotiated new and old intellectual, political, and religious ideas and practices. In its focus on legal-ritual texts and in its cultural orientation, this book diverges from the prevalent approach to the cessation of sa ... More

Keywords: Sacrifice, Mishnah, Midrash, Late antiquity, Early Judaism, Second Temple, Rabbinic Literature, Biblical interpretation, Ritual, Leviticus

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295926
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295926.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mira Balberg, author
Northwestern University

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