A study on intermarriage and impurity in the hebrew bible

I am unaware of any concept of "ritual impurity" of gentiles in the Tanakh. Cohen, The Beginnings of Jewishness: One is often confronted with these questions when bringing in Phineas or Ezra into a discussion about the processes of identity formation in early Judaism from a biblical perspective.

The terms hypergamy and hypogamy do not necessarily denote an anisogamous marriage, as such practices also include the marriage of spouses from the same class, which would be an isogamous connubium. But then, Jesus did not leave her without impressing on her mind that she was a sinner.

He describes four categories: There is not one central identity marker, but a bundle which culminates in a highly sophisticated definition of identity.

Thus one has to analyze the textual representation of the mixed marriage discourse before judging the violence of the issue in biblical narrative. What is the subsequent psychology of a sinner as he disappears from our view. Several terms and motives link the narrative to Leviticus 18 cf.

Gen 24, which is probably inserted later during that Period, combining the well scene of Gen 29 with the marriage narratives in Gen But it is not only the priests who are required to marry endogamous themselves.

In recent discussions about mixed marriage differences such as those demonstrated by our examples have been mentioned, but until now there has not been systematic research on this subject. Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities. The Legacy of Ezra— Nehemiah.

Purity is associated with understanding, patience and kindness 2 Cor 6: Statements consisting only of original research should be removed. Paul encouraged Timothy to set an example in his lifestyle and his purity 1 Tim 4: There is no intent and purpose in him.

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Thus, the text does not belong to the line of argument described here, but represents a later, specialized attitude. If the exception is not allowed, polyandry or polygamy is established.

Furthermore, the topic of reception is of great importance in several ways: As already mentioned, Neh 13 and Ezra take up traditions which belong to the above mentioned lines of argument.


The Patriarchal Line of Argument Gen To understand that marriage rules and marital customs are sociologically identity related and politically always an instrument of power is helpful at first hand. At this point it is not quite possible to go deeper into this matter; however, due to its land-perspective and introductory form, Deut 7: ASV JPS "'If a woman has a discharge, and her discharge in her flesh is blood, she shall be in her impurity seven days: The textual reality in which this issue is negotiated is related to but is by no means identical with the historical reality.

She also argues that the regulations on intermarriage in the times of Ezra were different from the restrictions on intermarriage according to the book of Deuteronomy. In the Psalms and the Prophets the relation of husband and wife, of bridegroom and bride, of lover and loved are always treated with tenderness and reverence.

The in-group is defined as the family of the patriarchs. But the eros is idealized. The difference between text and historical reality has to be strictly observed; to identify them gives rise to fundamentalism. This was "based on the fear that intimate contact with the Canaanites will lead Israelites to imitate their idolatrous and immoral ways.

Interfaith marriage in Judaism

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Talk:Interfaith marriage in Judaism

Summary Ezra is informed about the prevalence of Jewish intermarriage. He laments the current state of affairs, confesses the people’s sins to God, and begs Him for mercy.

Mixed Marriages: Intermarriage and Group Identity in the Second Temple Period

In the Hebrew Bible, it is a part / aspect of God as seen in Genesis [It is sometimes described as inspiring men to speak God's word. See 1 Samuel --tony] Given distinct personhood in. Thissuperb study goes far beyond previous studies in providing a comprehensive look at the interlocking phenomena of temple, sacrifice, and purity in a wide range of literature, from the Hebrew Bible through early Judaic, Christian, and Rabbinic literature."5/5(3).

The essay by Christian Frevel and Benedikt Conczorowski, “Deepening the Water: First Steps to a Diachronic Approach on Intermarriage in the Hebrew Bible,” tries to shed light at the complexity within the diachronic development of the anti-mixed marriage rationale by investigating Ezra– Nehemiah and Num 25 in particular.

The following paragraph is a summary of Christine Hayes' article entitled "Intermarriage and Impurity in Ancient Jewish Sources." I would like to add this information in the "In the Bible" section of the page.

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The Bible and Interpretation - Mixed Marriages as a Challenge to Identity in Second Temple Judaism