Blood for Thought

The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature

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Mira Balberg
  • Oakland, CA: 
    University of California Press
    , September
     2017.
     274 pages.
     $95.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780520295926.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.

Description

Blood for Thought delves into a relatively unexplored area of rabbinic literature: the vast corpus of laws, regulations, and instructions pertaining to sacrificial rituals. Mira Balberg traces and analyzes the ways in which the early rabbis interpreted and conceived of biblical sacrifices, reinventing them as a site through which to negotiate intellectual, cultural, and religious trends and practices in their surrounding world. Rather than viewing the rabbinic project as an attempt to generate a nonsacrificial version of Judaism, she argues that the rabbis developed a new sacrificial Jewish tradition altogether, consisting of not merely substitutes to sacrifice but elaborate practical manuals that redefined the processes themselves, radically transforming the meanings of sacrifice, its efficacy, and its value.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Mira Balberg is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Northwestern University. She is the author of Purity, Body, and Self in Early Rabbinic Literature.

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