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Celibacy and Religious Traditions$
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Carl Olson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306316

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306316.001.0001

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 “And Jacob Remained Alone”

 “And Jacob Remained Alone”

The Jewish Struggle with Celibacy

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Celibacy and Religious Traditions

Eliezer Diamond

Oxford University Press

Judaism has been opposed to celibacy because marriage was a normal condition and a divine ordinance. The Jewish tradition provides evidence of exceptions to the rule against celibacy among marginal sects, such as the Therapeutrides, Essences, and Qumran community. There were even exceptions made by Rabbinic Judaism associated with Torah study.

Keywords:   tradition, Therapeutrides, Essences, Qumran community, Rabbinic Judaism

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