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Gentile Impurities and Jewish IdentitiesIntermarriage and Conversion from the Bible to the Talmud$
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Christine E. Hayes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195151206

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195151208.001.0001

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(p.199) Appendix A

(p.199) Appendix A

The Impurity of Gentile Lands and Houses: A Refutation of Alon

Gentile Impurities and Jewish Identities

Christine E. Hayes

Oxford University Press

The ritual impurity of Gentile lands and houses is a rabbinic rather than a biblical principle that derives from the impurity generated by Gentile corpses. As such, the ritual impurity of Gentile lands and houses does not constitute evidence of an ancient principle of intrinsic ritual impurity of Gentiles, as asserted by Gedaliah Alon. Numerous sources adduced by Alon in support of his views are examined and discounted as evidence.

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