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Author Balberg, Mira, 1978- author.

Title Blood for thought : the reinvention of sacrifice in early rabbinic literature / Mira Balberg
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 287 pages)
Contents Introduction -- Missing persons -- The work of blood -- Sacrifice as one -- Three hundred passovers -- Ordinary miracles -- Conclusion: the end of sacrifice, revisited
Summary "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."--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on September 27, 2017)
Subject Blood -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Judaism -- Liturgy.
Rabbinical literature -- History and criticism.
Rabbis -- Jerusalem
Sacrifice -- Judaism.
Blood -- Religious aspects -- Judaism.
Judaism -- Liturgy.
RELIGION -- Ancient.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- General.
Rabbinical literature.
Sacrifice -- Judaism.
Middle East -- Jerusalem.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017015219
ISBN 0520968662