By Walter Houston

ISBN-10: 0567504360

ISBN-13: 9780567504364

ISBN-10: 1850753687

ISBN-13: 9781850753681

The excellence among fresh and unclean animals, most likely originating in tensions among shepherds and farmers, is within the biblical legislation of Leviticus eleven and Deuteronomy 14 remodeled into a big theological precept. during this wide-ranging and skillfully written research, Houston argues that the avoidance of 'unclean' meals is a mark of the unique devotion of Israel to at least one god. In a concluding bankruptcy, it's endorsed that the abolition of the excellence in early Christianity corresponds to the common horizon of the recent religion.

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18) but outside it, in Gen. 5, 13, 271 and in Deut. 4. Paschen(1970: 36) notes as something distinctive the relative character of the defilement in the latter case: the divorced and remarried wife is not absolutely defiled but defiled for her previous husband. But this should not be seen as a unique conception; after all, it is found elsewhere, in the restrictions on marriage partners for the priests (Lev. 7-9, 13-15); Paschen is quite wrong in seeing this as opposed to the usage in Deuteronomy, for the 'defiled' (halala) prostitute is not a forbidden marriage partner for everyone, but only for the priest.

So Milgrom 1991: 668). Failure to perceive the main division of the chapter by subject at v. 24 has led to much confusion, of which these views are examples. 2. The Law of Unclean Flesh 51 do the two previous groups, but also to objects, and especially to containers that might be used for foodstuffs. 1 But once again they are very uncertain of identification, except for the mouse ('akbdr). g. RSV, REB, Wenham 1979: 163), following a tendency already visible in the LXX, where four of them are lizards.

Douglas is misled by a note of Danby's into supposing that frogs were 'clean' in the same sense as locusts (Douglas 1966: 56). They are of course forbidden for food by vv. 41-42, and are clean only in the ritual sense. We may suspect that this law was of practical 1. Hirsch (1958:283-84) cites b. Hul. 128b to show that they are all vertebrates —the Talmudic passage speaks of their bones. But this is hardly conclusive; it does not explicitly say this of all eight. Sanders (1990: passim) is of course quite incorrect in referring to dietary pollution conveyed under this law as 'fly-impurity'.

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