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"Deviancy in Early Rabbinic Literature" offers with the prestige of these teams and people who, for varied purposes, seem to have no position in mainstream Rabbinic Jewish society, or can be perceived by way of that society as posing a hazard to its norms and to its very lifestyles. The ebook examines the techniques and attitudes of the Rabbis set forth in a number of sections of the Mishnah, Tosefta and Talmud. Deviant teams studied comprise witches, prostitutes, Gentiles, bastards, Nazirites, infantrymen, Kutites, the disabled and the menstruous lady. Social anthropological methodologies are used to supply a different point of view at the implicit message of the redactors of those Rabbinic texts, and to make those vital texts both obtainable to either students and laymen drawn to buying a deeper figuring out of those very important matters.

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And the priest shall offer one for a sin offering and another for a burnt offering: and the priest shall make atonement for her before the Lord for her unclean discharge. Thus you shall keep the people of Israel separate from their uncleanness, lest they die in their uncleanness by defiling my tabernacle that is in their midst. This is the law for him who has a discharge and for him who has an emission of semen, becoming unclean thereby. Also for her who is sick with her impurity (niddatah), that is, for any one, male or female who has a discharge and for a man who lies with a woman who is unclean” (15:19–33).

6:18 And the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head at the door of the tent meeting, and shall take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire, which is under the sacrifice of the peace offering. 6:19 And the priest shall take the shoulder of the ram, when it is boiled, and one unleavened cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and shall put them upon his hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaven the hair of his consecration. 6:20 And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the Lord; they are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is offered; and after that the Nazirite may drink the wine.

6:5 All the days of his vow of separation no razor shall come upon his head; until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy; he shall let the locks of hair grow long. 6:6 All the days he separates himself to the Lord he shall not go near a dead body. 6:7 neither for his father nor his mother, nor for his brother or his sister, if they die, shall he make himself unclean; because his separation to God is upon his head. 6:8 All the days of his separation he is holy to the Lord.

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