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Bibil Identifier bibil:225543
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Biblical Prohibition Against Tattooing
Author Huehnergard, John
Author Liebowitz, Harold
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 63, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 59-77 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Lev 19:28 prohibits tattooing, but no reason for the prohibition is given. Since it appears in a context of pagan mourning practices (Lev 19:27,28) it is assumed that the reason for the prohibition lay in its association with such mourning practices. In this paper we explore the broader context of the law in biblical times, and how it was understood in subsequent rabbinic times. We propose that in the biblical period the prohibition was associated with the marking of slaves, and that in the subsequent rabbinic period it was associated with paganism.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341101
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Ban
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Anthropology
Pericopes Leviticus 19,27-19,28
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