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Ceremonial Law
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The term ceremonial law was already used in the Middle Ages, mostly pejoratively, for Jewish religious law and Jewish ritual practices; Christian theoreticians used it to mark, from their point of view, the theological backwardness of Judaism. In early modernity, this interpretation was enhanced by the anti-ceremonialism of the Reformation, while Jewish scholars d…

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Micha Brumlik, Berlin, “Ceremonial Law”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_01139>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20170409

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