Ritualizing iconic jewish texts

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Bibles and parts of bibles are themselves used as ritual objects in Jewish and Christian worship. Their display and manipulation, oral performance, and semantic interpretation have been ritualized by synagogues and churches since antiquity. The origins of these practices are rooted in the Bible itself. Their influence has shaped every Jewish and Christian tradition and reaches beyond them to Muslims, Manicheans, and other religious communities. This chapter and its companions in this volume on Christianity and Islam focus mostly on how the iconic dimension of scriptures gets ritualized, because the iconic dimension has received less scholarly attention than the ritualization of scripture’s oral performance, artistic illustration, and semantic interpretation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Ritual and Worship in the Hebrew Bible
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9780190222116
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • Icon
  • Ritual desecration
  • Ritual objects
  • Ritual texts
  • Scripturalization
  • Textual amulets
  • Torah scrolls
  • Torah shrines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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