Ritual Dynamics in Jewish and Christian Contexts

Between Bible and Liturgy


Ritual Dynamics in Jewish and Christian Contexts investigates questions that arise in modern ritual studies concerning Jewish and Christian religious communities: How did their religious rituals develop? Where did different ritual communities and their ritual texts interact? How did religious communities and their authoritative texts respond to change, and how did change influence religious rituals? The volume is a product of the interdisciplinary and international research efforts taken by the Research Centre “Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices in Pluralistic Contexts from Antiquity to the Present” at the Universität Erfurt (Germany) and unites the voices of important senior and emerging scholars in the field. It focuses on antiquity and the medieval period but also considers examples from the early modern and modern period in Europe

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Claudia D. Bergmann received her Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible from the University of Chicago and her Habilitation from Ruhr-Universität Bochum. She works as the coordinator of the Research Centre “Dynamics of Jewish Ritual Practices” at the Universität Erfurt (Germany). Benedikt Kranemann received his Dr. theol. and his Habilitation in Liturgical Studies from the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster. He works as professor for Liturgical Studies of the Faculty of Catholic Theology at the Universität Erfurt (Germany).
Preface and Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Günter Stemberger

Part 1: Ritual Dynamics in (Holy) Jewish and Christian Texts

1 Is Rabbinic Prayer a Liturgy, or Essentially a Reading of Texts?
Stefan C. Reif

2 Ritualizing the Cleaning of the House before Passover in Medieval Ashkenaz: Image and Text in Illuminated Haggadot
Katrin Kogman-Appel

3 The Ritualization of Manufacturing and Handling Holy Books by the Hasidei Ashkenaz between Halakah and Magic
Annett Martini

4 Concepts of History and Tradition in Modern Liturgical Books
Martin Klöckener

Part 2: A Dynamic Relationship: Christian and Jewish Traces in Jewish and Christian Texts

5 Memories of the Temple and Memories of Temples
Clemens Leonhard

6 Conceptual and Ideological Aspects in the Mishnaic Description of Bringing the First Fruits to Jerusalem
Hillel Mali

7 Christian Presence in Jewish Ritual
Yaacov Deutsch

Part 3: Comparing and Contrasting Rituals

8 Initiation by Circumcision and Water Baptism in Early Judaism and Early Christianity
Gerard Rouwhorst

9 Space, Ritual, and Politics in (the Reconstruction of) the Ancient Synagogue: an Exploration of the Historical Archive
Anders Runesson

Part 4: Dynamic Rituals and Innovation of Rituals in Modern Contexts

10 Olive Oil, Anointing, Ecstasy, and Ecology
Jonathan Schorsch

Index of Ancient Sources
Index of Modern Authors
Academic libraries and institutions with a focus on liturgical studies, ritual studies, and biblical studies as well as all interested in Jewish and Christian liturgy, religious rituals, ritual and liturgical studies.
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