The so-called purity laws in Leviticus 11-15 reflect a cultic and
social view on the male and female body. These texts do not give
detailed physiological descriptions. Instead, they prescribe what
to do in the cases of skin disease, delivery and wo/man's genital
discharges, but the particular way of dealing with the body and the
language used in Leviticus 12 and 15 ask for clarification: How do
these texts construct the male and female body? Which roles does
gender play within this language? By means of themes like
menstruation and circumcision, the author unfolds the language used
for the body in Leviticus and its interpretation history. The study
provides material for a contemporary anthropology of bodies which
relates the human sexed body to God's holiness.
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