Ritual Studies and the Study of Rabbinic Literature

Mira Balberg

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Abstract

In the last two decades several important studies have been published that focus on ritual in rabbinic literature, and consider ritual to be a critically important conceptual and analytical category in approaching rabbinic texts and rabbinic culture. This article provides an account of the intersection of Ritual Studies with the study of rabbinic literature, surveys key works and significant developments and shifts in the field, and identifies the central challenges in and benefits of examining rabbinic texts through ritual lenses. The article pays special attention to the complex relations between texts about rituals and ritual performances, as well as to the blurry boundaries between law and ritual in the realm of rabbinic halakhah.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-98
Number of pages28
JournalCurrents in Biblical Research
Volume16
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2017

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