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1. Embodied Religious Authority: New Approaches in the Study of Judaism

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1. Title Title of document 1. Embodied Religious Authority: New Approaches in the Study of Judaism - The Religious Body Imagined
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country Michal Raucher; Rutgers University; United States
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies
4. Subject Keyword(s) body and religion; religious body; comparative religion; material religion; religion and culture; ethnography and religion; gender and religion; ritual
5. Subject Subject classification Body and Religion
6. Description Abstract Scholarship in Jewish studies leans heavily towards the study of rabbinic texts and rabbinic figures, perpetuating the falsehood that texts, discourse, and rabbinic elites (men, both historical and contemporary) alone define Judaism and construct religious authority. When Jewish religious bodies are discussed, they are often depicted as feeble or grotesque—ineffective as bodies. Conversely, bodies are often understood as that which threatens the purity or power of texts. Drawing on ethnographic research with two groups of women—Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) women in Jerusalem and female Orthodox clergy in America—I argue that religious identity and religious authority also come from bodies. This paper explores how the study of Judaism would be significantly changed by refocusing on the embodied aspects of religious authority.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 01-Nov-2021
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.39645
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; The Religious Body Imagined
16. Language English=en en
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