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Bibil Identifier bibil:204511
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 4Q274 Fragment 1 Revisited—or Who Touched Whom? Further Evidence for Ideas of Graded Impurity and Graded Purifications
Author Kazen, Thomas
Journal Dead Sea Discoveries (Volume: 17, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 53-87 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This fragment concerns impurity bearers in intermediate stages of lessened impurity and their contact with the clean and unclean. It is evidence for an early origin for ideas of graded impurity and graded purification. The referent in the first section is the purifying "leper" rather than the zav. The initial impurity of the menstruant is supposed to be mitigated by a first-day purificatory water rite, analogous to that of purifying "lepers" and the developing practice of a first day ablution for the corpse-impure. The semen emitter is a different case from the zav, and the point is that purifying people may not contact any "active" discharger. The text should not be read within the framework of a narrow sectarian environment only, but reflects a more general development of expanding purity practises during the Second Temple period.
DOI 10.1163/156851710X484514
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 4Q - Qumran Cave 4 : 4Q274-283 - Tohorot
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Purity - Impurity
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