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Bibil Identifier bibil:225650
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Simon Peter Meets Simon the Tanner: The Ritual Insignificance of Tanning in Ancient Judaism
Author Oliver, Isaac W.
Journal New Testament Studies (Volume: 59, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 50-60 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Many New Testament exegetes have taken the reference in Acts 9.43 to Peter's stay at Simon the Tanner's house as proof that purity laws are no longer relevant for the author of Acts, since tanning conveys ritual impurity. These interpreters have relied primarily on rabbinic passages to make their argument. This article shows that none of the solicited rabbinic passages refers to tanning as ritually defiling. Rather, the rabbinic sources reveal a disdain for tanners because of their stench and filth. At times, the rabbinic sages also criticize tanners for their supposed lack of moral scruples. Peter's visit to Simon the Tanner's house, therefore, cannot be taken as evidence that the author of Acts dismisses the relevance of the Jewish purity system, let alone kashrut. At best, the reference in Acts to Simon the Tanner informs us about the social-economic status of some of the members of the Jesus movement.
DOI 10.1017/S0028688512000173
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Purity - Impurity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Purity - Impurity
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Important Persons and Movements : Talmudic Period : Rabbinism
Pericopes Acts of the Apostles 9,43
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