Full Belly versus Starving Body. Ritual Reversal and the Human Body in Biblical and Early Jewish Texts

Claudia Bergmann


Aspects of imagined ritual reversal in regard to ancient ideas about eating are the topic of this paper. It will particularly focus on the opposition of satisfied and starving human bodies, both in early Jewish texts that deal with this world and in texts that discuss circumstances in the World to Come. The aim is to investigate both the ritual theories that might be applied to these texts and the human characteristics that, according to the texts discussed, would lead human bodies either to starvation or satisfaction.


Ancient Judaism; ritual theory; World to Come; body

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