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Bibil Identifier bibil:219296
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Blessings over Miṣvot
Title (English, ) The Origins of a Category
Author Novick, Tzvi
Journal Hebrew Union College Annual (Volume: 79)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2008
Language English
Pages 69-86 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The category of blessings over miṣvot (ברכת המצות) occurs for the first time as a category in t.Ber. 6. This essay traces the origins of this category. I identify a variety of blessing practices in Second Temple Judaism and early rabbinic Judaism that likely played roles in the emergence of the ברכת המצות: blessings highlighting Israel's election; blessings over undertakings (particularly virtuous ones); blessings associated with tithes. The crucial step from these practices to the category of the ברכת המצות was the transformation of the notion of המצות itself in rabbinic Judaism, so that it came to refer, paradigmatically, to discrete, positive ritual acts. An appendix pursues a topic connected to the discussion of tithes in the body of the essay: the acquisition by the word המצות of the meaning, "alms."
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Tithe
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Blessing
Terms מִצְוָה מצוה
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