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dc.contributor.advisorSwartz, Michael
dc.creatorPatterson, David
dc.description.abstractThe idea that holiness can be contagious, meaning that holiness is transmitted by physical contact between objects, is found in four passages in the Pentateuch; Exodus 29:37, 30:29; Leviticus 6:11, 6:20 (English 6:18, 6:27). Objects described as possessing contagious holiness include the anointed Tabernacle furniture and three most holy offerings, with the formula "all that touches X will become holy." However, none of these texts proceed to explain why the contagious holiness of these objects is mentioned, and so we are left to speculate as to why this fact was important to the writer(s) of these texts. I argue that contagious holiness is mentioned in the Priestly laws because, in the same way that it is important that impurity not accumulate where it does not belong (i.e. in close proximity to the sancta), it is likewise important that holiness not spread to places where it does not belong (i.e. outside the confines of the designated sancta). I further argue that contagious holiness can spread to both objects and people, and that contagious holiness is not the reason people sometimes die when they touch sacred objects.en_US
dc.publisherThe Ohio State Universityen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesThe Ohio State University. Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Research Theses; 2021en_US
dc.subjectContagious Holinessen_US
dc.subjectSanctum Contagionen_US
dc.titleContagious Holiness in the Priestly Tabernacleen_US
dc.description.embargoNo embargoen_US
dc.description.academicmajorAcademic Major: Hebrew and Jewish Studiesen_US

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