the role of the tzaddik, the hasidic leader, as the most striking innovation, in both social and spiritual domains. 4 In the following discussion, I propose another aspect of renewal and revival in Hasidism: rituals and ritualization. I argue that hasidic masters added new rituals and reshaped
Naphtali S. Meshel
1. Introduction The ritual manipulation of blood is a recurrent theme in Biblical and other ancient Near Eastern ritual texts, as well as in several post-Biblical texts foundational to Christianity and Judaism. As a result, the ritual application of blood has received special attention in
The book begins with a general discussion of what rituals are, and argues that the ritual theory of each ritual is not in any general theory of ritual but embedded in the ritual act itself. Every ritual is structured in such a way that its details create the behavioural logic that makes ritual work. The difference is explored between the early and institutionalised phases of the religion of ancient Israel. Here the role of the economic ethos is the focus of the discussion. The book explores the links between myth and rituals, arguing that the connectedness with ritual endows a story with a myth essence. Detailed discussions of various rituals exemplify the major theoretical discourse.
The book is of interest to scholars in the areas of Halakhah (law and ritual), religious studies, and the anthropology of religion.
MAKING ALL EXPERIENCE RELIGIOUS: THE HEGEMONY OF RITUAL AT QUMRAN by ROB KUGLER Gonzaga University Summary This study provides a preliminary inventory of the evidence for ritual density and change at Qumran. Then insights from ritual studies and the study of oral-literate cultures are used to
The Future Sanctuary in a Textual Tradition of Leviticus
This article examines the addition at Lev 24:1–9 found in fragment 23 of 4QReworked Pentateuch C (4Q365), paying particular attention to the setting of the rituals described in this supplement at a future temple ( בית ) in the land. 1 It analyzes how the addition invokes the language and
Daniel K. Falk
experience in and among worshipers. Several emphases from ritual studies are helpful in thinking about liturgical progression. First, a liturgy means more than it says; that is, although liturgies usually employ words, verbal communication is not the primary function. 3 Liturgy as ritual is a holistic set
Between Bible and Liturgy
Edited by Claudia D. Bergmann and Benedikt Kranemann
-276, esp. pp. 251-252. 3 Ritual studies today are considered to be a valid sub-discipline in biblical studies. Compare here the arguments in J.P. Sørensen, “Ritualistics: a New Discipline in the History of Religions,” in T. Ahlbäck, ed., The Problem of Ritual. Based on papers read at ALTARS, RITUAL AND
THE ORIGIN OF THE SCAPEGOAT RITUAL by CALUM CARMICHAEL Ithaca, New York The origin of the scapegoat ritual in Leviticus xvi has been of compelling interest to scholars. To explain it they go mainly to Hittite and Mesopotamian parallels, emphasize di V erences, and try to convey the general
John B. Geyer
J. B. G eyer , Blood and the Nations in Ritual and Myth .......................... L. J onker , Reforming History: The Hermeneutical Significance of the Books of Chronicles ....................................................................................... W. van P eursen and E. T alstra