The Universal and the Particular: Mary Douglas and the Politics of Impurity*

  title={The Universal and the Particular: Mary Douglas and the Politics of Impurity*},
  author={T. M. Lemos},
  journal={The Journal of Religion},
  pages={236 - 251}
  • T. M. Lemos
  • Published 1 April 2009
  • History
  • The Journal of Religion
Since the inception of modern biblical scholarship, the book of Leviticus has served as a theological battleground for scholars of varying religious persuasions. Julius Wellhausen, the most influential biblical scholar of the nineteenth century, thought none too highly of Leviticus and the purity regulations found therein. To him, both exemplified the degenerative tendencies of the priestly writers, who led the Israelites down the path of legalistic nit-picking and prurient body obsessiveness… 
Cognitive Science and Ancient Israelite Religion: New Perspectives on Texts, Artifacts, and Culture
In this book, Brett Maiden employs the tools, research, and theories from the cognitive science of religion to explore religious thought and behavior in ancient Israel.  His study focuses on a key
Recognizing Secular Defilement: Douglas, Durkheim and Housework
Mary Douglas is generally regarded as a faithful disciple of Émile Durkheim. Yet her classic work Purity and Danger ([1966] 2002. London: Routledge) is best understood as premised upon a fundamental
Review Article: Anthropology and the Biblical Exile
Over the past three decades there have been a few attempts to use social anthropology to explore the Old Testament (OT) and interdisciplinary studies of this sort are now becoming more mainstream.
The Preface to the Hebrew Translation of Purity and Danger
Purity and Danger, published in 1966, remains Dame Mary Douglas’s most famous book and “The Abominations of Leviticus” its most widely read chapter. In 2005, only two years before her death and in
Subject Index
  • Cognitive Science and Ancient Israelite Religion
  • 2020