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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


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


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


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


Balaam Delivers God's Blessings on All Israel

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:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Balaam's story in Numbers is here viewed as a burlesque, in fact a political satire, about the foreign prophet (or magician), Balaam, whom God chooses as his mouthpiece. The author's thesis is that ... More


Uncleanness and Taboo Draw the Lines of the World

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:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Taboos are effective for guarding thought, and this chapter is about the equivalent role of performance in protecting what is known: it suggests that taboos should be seen as performative acts that ... More


One God, No Ancestors, in a World Renewed

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:
10.1093/0199265232.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Focuses on the absence of ancestor cults in the Bible, and notes that the ground already covered in the book indicates that the priestly editors of the Pentateuch in the sixth and fifth centuries ... More


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