Body, gender and purity in Leviticus 12 and 15
Part of the Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies series
The so-called purity laws in Leviticus 11-15 reflect a cultic and social view of the male and female body.
These texts do not give detailed physiological descriptions.
Instead, they prescribe what to do in the cases of skin disease, delivery and wo/man's genital discharges, but the particular way of dealing with the body and the language used in Leviticus 12 and 15 ask for clarification: how do these texts construct the male and female body?
Which roles does gender play within this language? By means of themes such as menstruation and circumcision, Erbele-Kuester unfolds the language used for the body in Leviticus and its interpretation history.
Her study provides material for a contemporary anthropology of bodies which relates the human sexed body to God's holiness.