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Hermeneutics of Holiness: Ancient Jewish and Christian Notions of Sexuality and Religious Community

Naomi Koltun-Fromm


Hermeneutics of Holiness focuses on the historical, theological, and literary trajectories of the Hebrew biblical notions of holiness from the biblical context into the fourth-century Jewish and Christian interpretive traditions. This work is particularly interested in how holy communities are formed and in what ways these individuals or communities derive their notions of holiness from the biblical texts. Moreover, this book examines how and why these notions of holy-community often intersect with ideals of sexuality, sexual practice, and asceticism. The book first examines biblical construct ... More

Keywords: holiness, holy community, sexuality, asceticism, interpretive traditions, second temple literature, early Christian literature, Syriac Christian tradition, early Rabbinic literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199736485
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199736485.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Naomi Koltun-Fromm, author
Haverford College
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