A History of the Jews by Paul Johnson

By Paul Johnson

A countrywide bestseller, this amazing 4000 12 months survey covers not just Jewish background yet he influence of Jewish genius and mind's eye at the global. via the writer of Modern instances: the realm From the Twenties to the Eighties.

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T h e y decided that invalid water could be rendered acceptable if it was in contact with valid water. T h e y achieved this by building a second pool, kept always full of pure water, beside the pool which was actually used for immersion. T h e two were connected at the top by a pipe, and when the immersion pool was filled with drawn water, the pipe could be briefly opened. T h e resulting contact between the pools served to make the immersion pool valid. Several such pools have been found: in Jerusalem, in both the H a s m o n e a n and Herodian palaces at Jericho, at Matsada, and elsewhere.

T h e only transgression was to enter the temple while impure. Priests, on the other 34 T h e Synoptic Jesus and the Law hand, are enjoined in the Bible not to contract corpse-impurity except for their closest relatives (Lev. 2 1 . 1 - 3 ) . In the pharisaic corpus we encounter a development in defining how corpse-impurity spreads. N o t only people and objects in the same room as the corpse become impure, but also anyone or anything which 'overshadows' the corpse or which it 'overshadows'. T h u s , when a corpse is being carried down the street, if an oven has a vent which projects into the street the corpse will render the oven impure by overshadowing the vent.

G. Lev. 4). g. Lev. 1 1 . 1 0 ) , and there is no rite of purification in the Bible, either for impure food or for the person who eats it. In the case of other purity laws, an impure person is prohibited from doing certain things, but becoming impure is not forbidden: semen-impurity may not be conveyed to the sanctuary, but contracting it is a good thing, since fulfilling the c o m m a n d m e n t to be fruitful and multiply requires contact with semen. § 2 . In general, food laws did not develop in the way sabbath laws did.

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