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qubba

Arabic word for dome. In commemorative architecture, qubba often refers to a domed mausoleum that usually contains the grave of a saint, a pious man, or an emir. In the ...

Ritual

Ritual   Reference library

Ronald Hendel

The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and Law

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2015
Subject:
Religion, Law
Length:
5,183 words

...This analysis is supported by the law that a priest must not expose his penis in the sacred precincts on penalty of death ( Exod 28:42–43 ; which develops a law in the Covenant Code, Exod 20:23 ) and the story of Phineas’s execution of the copulating couple in the sacred qubbâ (“tent [?]”; Num 25:6–9 ). Human sex—and its liquid flux—must be restrained in the holy proximity of God’s body. A Restricted Code. According to Douglas, we should “consider ritual as a restricted code” ( 1973 , p. 77). A restricted code is an in-group discourse that relies on...

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