What Have Brahmins to Do with Rabbis?: Embodied Communities and Paradigms of Religious Tradition

  title={What Have Brahmins to Do with Rabbis?: Embodied Communities and Paradigms of Religious Tradition},
  author={Barbara A. Holdrege},
  journal={Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies},
  pages={23 - 50}
  • Barbara A. Holdrege
  • Published 1999
  • Sociology
  • Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies
Up until recently the academic study of religion has been dominated by Protestant Christian paradigms of religious tradition, in which precedence is given to such categories as belief, doctrine, and theology, and tradition-identity is rooted in the missionary character of Christian traditions. The essay argues that rabbinic Judaism and brahmanical Hinduism provide alternative paradigms of religious tradition as "embodied communities" in which priority is given to issues of practice, observance… 
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