By Naomi Koltun-Fromm

In Hermeneutics of Holiness , Naomi Koltun-Fromm examines the traditional nexus of holiness and sexuality and explores its roots within the biblical texts in addition to its manifestations all through old and late-ancient Judaism and early Syriac Christianity. within the method, she tells the tale of the way the biblical notions of "holy individual" and "holy group" got here to be outlined through the sexual and marriage practices of assorted interpretive groups in overdue antiquity.

Koltun-Fromm seeks to give an explanation for why sexuality, in particular sexual restraint, turned a major demarcation of sacred group obstacles between Jews and Christians in fourth-century Persian-Mesopotamia. She charts 3 fundamental manifestations of holiness: holiness ascribed, holiness accomplished, and holiness got via ritual purity. Hermeneutics of Holiness strains the advance of those 3 thoughts, from their foundation within the biblical texts to the second one Temple literature (both Jewish and Christian) to the Syriac Christian and rabbinic literature of the fourth century. In so doing, this e-book establishes the significance of biblical interpretation for overdue historic Jewish and Christian practices, the centrality of holiness as a class for self-definition, and the connection of fourth-century asceticism to biblical texts and interpretive history.

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