February 1, 2005
by Reb Yudel
Today's lucky Google find: “Purity from the Bible to the Mishna,” a collection of papers from a session of the 2003 convention of the Association for Jewish Studies. As the introduction explains:
The recent years have witnessed a spate of studies on the topic of purity in ancient Israel, spanning the Bible, the book of Jubilees, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Mishna, and more. The seminal work of the past several decades has been that of Jacob Milgrom, culminating in his massive multivolume Leviticus commentary (Anchor Bible) (1991-2001). Three monographs devoted specifically to our subject are those of Hyam Maccoby, Ritual and Morality: The Ritual Purity System and Its Place in Judaism (1999), Jonathan Klawans, Impurity and Sin in Ancient Judaism (2000), and Christine Hayes, Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities: Intermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud (2002).
For the record, I've browsed Milgrom's magestrial commentary but have not read the other works under consideration.