Parable and ritual in changing contexts

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This article will consider the evolution of the parable of “one who immerses
with a reptile in his hand,” which appears throughout rabbinic literature.
I chose to study this parable because the oral-performative context in which
it was spoken has been preserved; this context is generally regarded as the
original context for parables as a genre.1 By studying the various versions of
this parable, I seek to demonstrate the versatility of the parable as a genre, the
possibility of transferring parables by adapting them to new contexts, and the
attendant changes in meaning and message.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Power of Parables
EditorsEric Ottenheijm, Marcel Poorthuis, Annette Merz
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9789004680029, 978900468004-3
StatePublished - 8 Nov 2023

Publication series

NameJewish and Christian Perspectives Series


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