12 2014

UNCG Jewish Studies Lecture

7:30PM - 9:30PM  

Weatherspoon Auditorium UNCG
Greensboro, NC 27402
336-334-5762 pjbowden@uncg.edu

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The Hebrew Bible contains numerous laws for sacrificing animals, food, and children. Most of these are highly specific about the gender of participants and, especially, of victims. This book is an investigation of of the significance of gender distinctions in sacrificial rituals and how the rites reflect, create, and manage social gender roles with their material prerogatives. Sacrifice and Gender in Biblical Law considers the laws of the firstborn, the ritual of the red cow, the prohibition on boiling a kid in its mother's milk, and other laws of purity and sacrifice. It shows how gender distinctions in these rituals affect their form, their function, and their legitimacy.