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Bibil Identifier bibil:142159
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Second Temple Period Ritual Baths Adjacent to Agricultural Installations: The Archaeological Evidence in Light of the Halakhic Sources
Author Adler, Yonatan
Journal Journal of Jewish Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 62-72 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Ritual baths (miqwa'ot) built adjacent to winepresses and olive-presses have been unearthed at about twenty sites dating to the Second Temple period, most of them in Judea and the environs of Jerusalem. While much has been written in recent years on the form and function of ancient ritual baths in general, little scholarly attention has been paid to miqwa'ot found in agricultural contexts. The presence of these miqwa'ot suggests that the ritual purity of the wine and olive oil processed in these installations was of particular importance. The fact that these ritual baths were situated adjacent to winepresses and olive-presses suggests that agricultural labourers made use of these miqwa'ot immediately prior to commencing work in these installations, a practice which accords with the Pharisaic concept of'tevul yom. These finds thus provide rare archaeological evidence for the observance of ritual purity laws based on the Pharisaic system of hahiklitih.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Purity - Impurity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Archaeology of Canaan-Israel : Themes
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