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The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World

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  • Date Published: December 2016
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107090347

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  • In The Jewish Dietary Laws in the Ancient World Jordan D. Rosenblum explores how cultures critique and defend their religious food practices. In particular he focuses on how ancient Jews defended the kosher laws, or kashrut, and how ancient Greeks, Romans, and early Christians critiqued these practices. As the kosher laws are first encountered in the Hebrew Bible, this study is rooted in ancient biblical interpretation. It explores how commentators in antiquity understood, applied, altered, innovated upon, and contemporized biblical dietary regulations. He shows that these differing interpretations do not exist within a vacuum; rather, they are informed by a variety of motives, including theological, moral, political, social, and financial considerations. In analyzing these ancient conversations about culture and cuisine, he dissects three rhetorical strategies deployed when justifying various interpretations of ancient Jewish dietary regulations: reason, revelation, and allegory. Finally, Rosenblum reflects upon wider, contemporary debates about food ethics.

    • The first book to collect and analyze ancient discussions of biblical dietary laws
    • Challenges the traditional view that the Hebrew Bible provides justification for its food laws
    • Builds a model for understanding ancient debates about food ethics and the broader study of cultural and religious justifications for food laws
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'I would not hesitate to recommend [this book] for introductory courses in Jewish studies. It would probably also prove valuable in the education of lay Jewish audiences, whose hunger for knowledge about Jewish food culture often seems insatiable.' Joshua Garroway, H-Net Reviews

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2016
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107090347
    • length: 204 pages
    • dimensions: 236 x 180 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.43kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction. Reasonable creature
    1. Hebrew Bible
    2. Greek and Roman sources
    3. The Hellenistic period: Jewish sources
    4. The Hellenistic period: the New Testament
    5. The Tannaitic period: Jewish sources
    6. The Rabbinic/Patristic period: Amoraic sources
    7. The Rabbinic/Patristic period: Christian sources
    Conclusion. Food ethic
    Index of pre-modern sources
    Selected index of modern scholars
    Selected general index.

  • Author

    Jordan D. Rosenblum, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Jordan D. Rosenblum is Associate Professor and Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His research focuses on the literature, culture, and history of the Rabbinic movement. He is the author of Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism (Cambridge, 2010) and the co-editor of Religious Competition in the Third Century CE: Jews, Christians, and the Greco-Roman World (2014). He is also the editor for Ancient Judaism at Currents in Biblical Research.

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