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Witch-Hunts, Purity and Social Boundaries (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

David Janzen

Witch-Hunts, Purity and Social Boundaries (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

David Janzen

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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.

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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.
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David Janzen

David Janzen is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at North Central College in Illinois.

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  • The History Of Biblical Theology And Its Text(s); An Outline Of The Canonical Approach Of Brevard S. Childs; The Hermeneutics Of The Canonical Approach Reconsidered; Preliminaries To A Canonical Exegesis Of The "sodom Narrative" (genesis 18-19); A Canonical Exegesis Of The "sodom Narrative", Part 1 - Genesis 18; A Canonical Exegesis Of The "sodom Narrative", Part 2 - Genesis 19; Conclusion - A Critical Appraisal Of The Canonical Approach.
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