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Bibil Identifier bibil:221089
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Luke 2:22, Leviticus 12, and Parturient Impurity
Author Thiessen, Matthew
Journal Novum Testamentum. An International Quarterly for New Testament and Related Studies (Volume: 54, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 16-29 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In Luke 2:22 Luke attributes parturient impurity to both Mary and Jesus (and/or Joseph). Interpreters have often concluded that this verse demonstrates that Luke misunderstands the levitical legislation pertaining to childbirth impurity (Leviticus 12), which discusses only the impurity of the new mother. This article argues that, despite the apparent contradiction between Leviticus 12 and Luke 2, Luke has not misunderstood Jewish conceptions of impurity after birth. Not only is it possible to conclude that Leviticus 12 implicitly ascribes impurity to the newborn child, but some Second Temple Jewish writers, such as the authors of Jubilees and 4Q265, also believed that the newborn child suffered the same manner of impurity as the new mother. Luke’s gospel, therefore, demonstrates familiarity with contemporary Jewish purity beliefs and practices.
DOI 10.1163/156853611X589624
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Purity - Impurity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Purity - Impurity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Qumran - Dead Sea : Texts : Texts : 4Q - Qumran Cave 4 : 4Q265 - Micellaneous Rules
Pericopes Luke 2,22
Leviticus 12,1-12,8
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