The ancient priesthood of Israel is a continually growing area of study in biblical studies. Understanding the context of priesthood and its religious practices gives greater understanding to the entire Old Testament, as well as the New Testament. This five-volume set contains the premier works of prominent scholars in the field of Old Testament studies. The collection focuses on ritual, lifestyle, culture, linguistics, literature, narrative structure, and theological ramifications of Israel’s religious practices. It also examines the cultural influences of Israel’s surrounding nations and empires. Two of the volumes contained are compilations of shorter essays on a variety of subjects. The other three selections are longer works that go into more depth.
This academic collection will be useful to seminary students, professors, and anyone wanting to gain more understanding of the Hebrew priesthood and its traditions.
Contains five in-depth volumes
Covers a wide range of priestly topics
Includes indexes, bibliographies, and references
Title: Old Testament Priesthood (5 vols.)
Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
Graded Holiness: A Key to the Priestly Conception of the World
This study focuses on holiness and the priesthood based on the writings of the Old Testament. Author Phillip Peter Jensen focuses on several aspects of holiness as it related to the ancient priests: spatial, personal, ritual, and dimension. He provides a theological and exegetical study of the worship practices outlined in the Old Testament.
Phillip Peter Jenson has a PhD. in Old Testament.
Ideology of Ritual: Space, Time and Status in the Priestly Theology
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. He includes indexes and a bibliography.
Frank H. Gorman, Jr. is a professor at Bethany College in West Virginia.
This study contains works from a composite of Old Testament scholars on a variety of ritual and priesthood themes. Included are discourses on priestly life, scriptural structure, the legal and literary construction of certain texts, and influences of surrounding cultures. There is a list of abbreviations and two in-depth indexes.
Contributions to this volume include:
"The Praise of God as a Cultic Event," Gary A. Anderson
"The Prohibitions Concerning the ‘Eating’ of Blood in Leviticus 17," Baruch J. Schwartz
"Jewish High Priests of the Persian Period: Is the List Complete?," John William Wevers
"The Deception of Isaac, Jacob’s Dream at Bethel, and Incubation on an Animal Skin," Susan Ackerman
"The Oaths of Amos 8:14," Saul M. Olyan
"The Spectrum of Priestly Impurity," David P. Wright
"The Composition of Leviticus," Jacob Milgrom
"The Sin Offering Law in the ‘Holiness School’ (Numbers 15:22-31)," Israel Knohl
This volume addresses a variety of issues, including specific Scriptural passages, wisdom, and scribes. It also examines Hebrew theology and the surrounding nations of Israel and their influences on Hebrew religious practices.
Contributions to this volume include:
" From Center to Periphery: 1 Chronicles 23-27 and the Interpretation of Chronicles in the Nineteenth Century," John W. Wright
"Defending the Boundaries of Israel in the Second Temple Period: 2 Chronicles 20 and the 'Salvation Army'," Philip R. Davies
"Ezra-Nehemiah or Ezra and Nehemiah?," James c. VanderKam
"Ezra and Nehemiah: On the Theological Significance of Making them Contemporaries," Judson R. Shaver
"Coopting the Prophets: Nehemiah and Noadiah," Robert P. Carroll
"Thoughts on the Composition of Proverbs 10-29," R.N. Whybray
"Prohibitions in Proverbs and Qoheleth," James L. Crenshaw
"Patterns in Psalms 25 and 34," David Noel Freedman
"Ezra and Qoheleth Manuscripts from Qumran," Eugene Ulrich
"Wisdom Hidden and Revealed according to Baruch," Walter Harrelson
"The Perception of 'Things' and their Production in the Old Testament Historical Writings," Joel P. Weinberg
"The Phases of Human Life in Mesopotamian and Jewish Sources," Moshe Weinfeld
"Cults and Deities Worshipped at Caesarea Philippi-Banias," Vassilios Tzaferis
"Some Reflections on Creation as a Topic of Old Testament Theology," Rolf Rendtorff
"'Thou art the Cherub': Ezekiel 28:14 and the Post-Ezekiel Understanding of Genesis 2-3," James Barr
"Remember that you were Aliens: A Traditio-Historical Study," Christiana DeGroot Van Houten
"The God of Hosea," Niels Peter Lemche
Purification Offering in the Priestly Literature: Its Meaning and Function
This academic work focuses on the concepts of atonement and sacrifice, using texts from the Pentateuch. Kiuchi looks at the differences between purification rites and those used for expiation. He discusses the Hebrew word, hattat, to discover if it is used mainly in instances of purification or atonement. A variety of interpretations are used to gain a fuller context of the source material. A bibliography and indexes are included, as well as a list of abbrieviations.
Nobuyoshi Kiuchi is a professor of Old Testament at Tokyo Christian University.