Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Dueling red heifer rites

PROF. VERED NOAM: Preparing the Red Heifer in Purity: The Rabbis’ Polemic against the Sadducees (
Several stories describe how the rabbis of the Second Temple period would force priests to prepare the ashes in the lower state of purity, tevul yom (immersed in water before sunset), and once even discarded ashes prepared in the stringent state of purity, meʿorav shemesh (after sunset), to demonstrate the law is not in accordance with the Sadducees. The Qumran halakhic text, 4QMMT, gives us the perspective of the other side of the debate.
For other PaleoJudaica posts on the red heifer ritual, see here and links.

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