Witch-Hunts, Purity and Social Boundaries (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)
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About "Witch-Hunts, Purity and Social Boundaries (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)"
This anthropological approach to the expulsion of the foreign women from the post-exilic community argues that it was the result of a witch-hunt. Its comparative approach notes that the community responded to its weak social boundaries in the same fashion as societies with similar social weaknesses. Janzen argues that the post-exilic community's decision to expel the foreign women in its midst was the direct result of the community's inability to enforce a common morality among its members. This anthropological approach to the expulsion shows how other societies with weak social moralities tend to react with witch-hunts, and it suggests that the expulsion in Ezra 9-10 was precisely such an activity. It concludes with an examination of the political and economic forces that could have eroded the social morality of the community.
Meet the Author
David Janzen is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at North Central College in Illinois.