Pollution and Purification in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

1625 [CRN: 25882]

This course will explore the concepts of pollution and purification in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, examining texts from Israel, Mesopotamia, Anatolia, and Egypt in order to gain an appreciation for the ways in which pollution and purification functioned in social and ritual contexts in a variety of cultures. Issues of gender, sin and divine retribution, illness, witchcraft, and the demonic will be explored as they relate to the concepts of pollution and purification in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East.
Exam Group Code
14