Childbirth – discuss whether the prescriptions in Lev 12:1-8 intend to place women below men in a hierarchical society (defending your position with evidence from primary and secondary sources).
Sexual purity and gender Jacob Milgrom argues that Lev 15:18 is the key verse for understanding
Leviticus’ views about gender and hierarchy as expressed in Lev 15; be prepared to explain Milgrom’s view, discuss its strengths and weaknesses, and take your own position on the issue.
General Ritual Issues
Catherine Bell, Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions (Oxford University Press, 1997)
_____, Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice (OUP, 2009)
David Cheal, ‘Ritual: Communication in Action’, Sociological Analysis 53 (1992) 363-74.
Mary Douglas, Purity and Danger (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1966). Émile Durkheim, The Elementary Forms of Religious Life: A New Translation by Carol
Cosman (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001) René Girard, Violence and the Sacred (Baltimore/London: Johns Hopkins University