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Literary Structures and Historical Reconstruction: The Example of an Amoraic Midrash (Leviticus Rabbah)

ALEXANDER SAMELY

in Rabbinic Texts and the History of Late-Roman Palestine

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264744
eISBN:
9780191734663
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264744.003.0012
Subject:
History, Middle East History

This chapter examines historical reconstruction and literary structures of rabbinic texts using the Leviticus Rabbah as an example. It explains that Leviticus Rabbah is a commentary on the Book of ... More


Food, Anthropology, Text and History

Nathan MacDonald

in Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199546527
eISBN:
9780191720215
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546527.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In the present methodological ferment in biblical studies it is necessary to articulate a methodological approach to the study of food in the Old Testament. The methodology outlined is fully ... More


A rabbinic disquisition of Leviticus 26:3℃13: a utopian vision between Jews and Christians

Joanna Weinberg

in Scriptural Exegesis: The Shapes of Culture and the Religious Imagination: Essays in Honour of Michael Fishbane

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780199206575
eISBN:
9780191709678
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199206575.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

This chapter seeks out clues to the underlying social reality of a rabbinic text — the earliest midrash on Leviticus, Sifra, and its later interpretations. The midrashic presentation of God's ... More


Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Mary Douglas

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The author argues that the priestly editors of the Pentateuch, far from being a separate elite, had a political agenda. Credited with composing Leviticus and Numbers, and with the final editing of ... More


Leviticus as Literature

Mary Douglas

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This is a study of Leviticus from an anthropological perspective, which presents the biblical work as a literary masterpiece. Seen from this perspective Leviticus has a literary structure that plots ... More


The Ancient Religion

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Leviticus is traditionally regarded as a set of instructions for the cult; the real heart of the religion is presumed to be found in other books, especially Genesis, Exodus and Deuteronomy, and the ... More


Two Styles of Thought

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Leviticus has a different style from Deuteronomy, and often the teaching differs, but through two millennia Leviticus has been read through Deuteronomy, with divergences reconciled by imposing the ... More


Two Styles of Writing

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter expands on the previous one, which examined the differences in the styles of thought between Leviticus and Deuteronomy, by examining the differences in the styles of writing between the ... More


Mountain, Tabernacle, Body in Leviticus 1–7

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

When Deuteronomy speaks of sacrifice, sacrifice is all that it means – in its more political agenda sacrifice is less important, but Leviticus has taken sacrifice in the same spirit as the wisdom ... More


The Totally Reformed Religion

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter carries on the comparison between Deuteronomy and Leviticus in two specific domains. One is the question of whether the Levitical laws supported the idea of one central shrine at ... More


Oracles Support Divine Justice

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter dips into anthropological studies of oracles to illustrate the scale of the gap made by the abolition of oracles. Two things about the priestly laws would make more sense if priestly use ... More


Land Animals, Pure and Impure

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Leviticus 1–7 presents the laws on sacrifices, and in sacrifice the body of the sacrificial animal becomes another microcosm in its own right, corresponding to the tabernacle and the holy mountain ... More


Other Living Beings

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Leviticus writer finds the world divided into two kinds of humans, those under the covenant, and the rest, and two kinds of land animals, those under the covenant and the rest; but the rest are ... More


Atonement for Sick Bodies

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter looks in detail at the four chapters following Leviticus 11, which take off from the theme of reproduction therein to form a distinct literary unit: Leviticus 12 is about blood impurity ... More


The Two Screens

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Leviticus consists almost entirely of divine laws, which are interrupted twice by narratives, and both of these interruptions are about encroachment on the divine prerogative; there is no accepted ... More


Inside the House/Book of God

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Exodus recounts how beautifully the tabernacle was made; the psalmist extols the house of God; but Leviticus honours it in its own style, opening with God calling Moses at the entrance to the tent of ... More


Inside the Holy of Holies

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

When the second screen (narrative) in Leviticus has been passed the reader is standing, as it were, inside the holy of holies. This is the apotheosis of the principle of containing forms: Jerusalem ... More


Preface

Mary Douglas

in Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The author discusses the origin of her book and its purpose, which she describes as setting the two main priestly books of the Pentateuch – the Books of Leviticus and Numbers – in (an ... More


Counting Jacob's Twelve Sons

Mary Douglas

in Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Develops the author's argument that the motivation of the priestly editors of the Pentateuch, and in particular of Numbers and Leviticus, was strictly professional and priestly. The author asks why, ... More


Ezra Redefines ‘All Israel’ as Judah

Mary Douglas

in Jacob's Tears: The Priestly Work of Reconciliation

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199265237
eISBN:
9780191602054
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The central argument of this chapter is that is that the priestly editors of Leviticus and Numbers (writing primarily for the guidance of fellow priests) were compiling the law of Moses to confound ... More


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