By Hannah K. Harrington
During this in-depth exploration of holiness within the context of rabbinic Judaism, Hannah okay. Harrington locations the rabbinic inspiration of holiness along different notions of the sacred within the Graeco-Roman global. Holistic and but certain, this quantity offers a much-needed comparative view of this topic in the course of a key interval within the improvement of the Jewish faith.
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The command to be holy is more pronounced in these texts than in any other, and 37 T H E H O LY O N E surprisingly, it is prominent in the food laws (see also pp. 169–73). The ultimate goal of Leviticus 11, a chapter devoted to clean and unclean animals and food, is Israel’s holiness, and the chapter concludes: “For I the LORD am your God: you shall sanctify yourselves and be holy, for I am holy. You shall not make yourselves unclean through any swarming thing that moves upon the earth. For I the LORD am He who brought you up from the land of Egypt to be your God: you shall be holy, for I am holy.
Thus, the term Shekhinah denotes the divine presence which holiness brought near to humanity. The phrase Ruakh ha-Qodesh, “the Holy Spirit,” too, denotes the holy presence of God as reﬂected in the parallelism of the psalmist, “Cast me not away from your presence; and take not your holy spirit from me” (Ps. 51:13). 70 Like the Shekhinah, the Holy Spirit is described as ﬁre or light71. For instance, the Holy Spirit on Phinehas’ face “burned like a torch” (Lev. R. 1:1l; see also Acts 2:3). New Testament texts often claim that the Holy Spirit can reside not only with but within believers (see Rom.
60b). Nahum Ish Gamzu, whose name means “this too is for the best,” was known for his conviction that even trouble is somehow for the good (b. San. 108b). Paul expresses the same belief to the Roman church, “We 35 T H E H O LY O N E know that in everything God works for good with those who love him, who are called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28). One does not often equate holiness with mercy or love, but in rabbinic Hebrew, the term hesed, “grace, love, and kindness,” can also imply holiness.
Holiness: Rabbinic Judaism and the Graeco-Roman World (Religion in the First Christian Centuries) by Hannah K. Harrington