Purity and Danger: An Analysis of Concepts of Pollution and Taboo - Chapter 3 Summary & Analysis

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Chapter 3 Summary and Analysis

Holiness implies setting apart. Blessing involves creating order and prosperity while lack of blessing creates confusion. Prosperity involves conforming to holiness as part of universal pattern of things. Holiness is more than justice and goodness. It is also completeness and perfection. Dirt should be separated from what is holy. Perfection should also be part of the social sphere. Winning required purity and rejection of defilement but also needed blessing.

The rationale for classification of animals by Leviticus into their areas of belonging was to separate them and assign them into specific classes. Genesis of the creation provides description of the right environment for the right types of animals; whereas a fish with fins is considered appropriate to swim in water, earth animals should only hop, walk or run, and animals that have wings are appropriate for the sky. Animals that lack...

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