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Priesthood and Cult in Ancient Israel

ISBN: 9781850753223
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Ideology of Ritual: Space Time and Status in the Priestly Theology examines the traditions of Old Testament priestly practices from a methodological and narrative perspective. Gorman analyzes several Old Testament passages to discover the impact of ritual on Israelite culture and the priesthood.

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  • The Prohibitions Concerning the ‘Eating’ of Blood in Leviticus 17 by Baruch J. Schwartz
  • Jewish High Priests of the Persian Period: Is the List Complete? by John William Wevers
  • The Deception of Isaac, Jacob’s Dream at Bethel, and Incubation on an Animal Skin by Susan Ackerman
  • The Oaths of Amos 8:14 by Saul M. Olyan
  • The Spectrum of Priestly Impurity by David P. Wright
  • The Composition of Leviticus by Jacob Milgrom
  • The Sin Offering Law in the ‘Holiness School’ (Numbers 15:22-31) by Israel Knohl

Top Highlights

“In summary, I can say that just as ‘life’ was experienced in the cult as being before the very presence of God in the (heavenly) temple, so ‘death’ was experienced in the cult as being cut off from that presence outside the temple. Both descent to Sheol and ascent to the temple had ritual accoutrements.” (Page 28)

“Biblical Psalms are distinctive in that the response to answered prayer is most frequently praise;6 not simply spontaneous praise but praise that was vowed. This praise was to be a public proclamation of Yhwh’s faithfulness.” (Pages 19–20)

“, the second speaks of the blood of hunted animals, and the third speaks of carrion” (Page 44)

  • Title: Priesthood and Cult in Ancient Israel
  • Editors: Gary A. Anderson and Saul M. Olyan
  • Publisher: Sheffield
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 225

Gary A. Anderson is Professor of Old Testament at Harvard Divinity School.

Saul M. Olyan is Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University.


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