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Rites and Rank:
Hierarchy in Biblical Representations of Cult
Saul M. Olyan

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TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Acknowledgments ix
List of Abbretiations xi
Introduction 3
Status and Hierarchy 7
Cultic and Quasi-Cultic Settings 10
Rites and Rank 11
1. Foundational Discourse: The Opposition Holy/Common 15
Holiness and Privilege 27
Conclusion 35
2.Admission or Exclusion: The Binary Pairing Unclean/Clean 38
Sources of Impurity 40
Degrees of Pollution and the Requirements of Purification 50
The Hierarchical Dimensions of UncleanlClean 54
Conclusion 61
3.Generating "Self" and "Other"- The Polarity Israelite/Alien 63
Forms and Functions of the Polarity Israelite/Alien 64
Contesting Alien Exclusion from Israel and Its Cultic Life 90
Cultural Mechanisms of Alien Incorporation into Israel 93
Conclusion 99
4.The Qualified Body: The Dyad Whole/Blemished 103
Blemishes and Inequality 111
Conclusion 113
Conclusion 115
Appendix. The Idea of Holiness in the Holiness Source 121
Notes 123
Index of Authors 175
Index of Biblical Citations 179

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