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Ceremonial Law

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Author(s): Micha Brumlik, Berlin
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 defended the foundations of their religion. In the 19th century, in the course of the Enlightenment and the use of the term ce…
Date: 2017-08-17