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Compulsive libationers: non-Jews and wine in early rabbinic sources

Stern, SD; (2013) Compulsive libationers: non-Jews and wine in early rabbinic sources. Journal of Jewish Studies , 64 (1)

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Abstract

The rabbinic prohibition on non-Jewish wine is grounded on the assumption that non-Jews were compulsive wine libationers, who offered wine libations at any time and in any place, unpredictably, compulsively, and almost completely undetected; and that the mere contact with wine was sufficient for libations to pagan divinities to be performed. These assumptions, however, do not reflect the pagan practice of wine libation as known from Greek and Roman sources. This paper discusses whether the rabbinic view of non-Jewish libation was purely imagined, compares it with early Christian views, and suggests various interpretations of the myth of compulsive wine libation

Type:Article
Title:Compulsive libationers: non-Jews and wine in early rabbinic sources
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Hebrew and Jewish Studies

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