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.
“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)
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.