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Bibil Identifier bibil:200581
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Purpose of Leviticus 24 within Its Literary Context
Author Trevaskis, Leigh M.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 59, Issue: 2)
Response article Une autre intention pour Lv 24
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 295-312 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper argues that the purpose of Lev 24, situated as it is between the calendrical concerns of Lev 23 and 25, is discernible when the symbolism of its prescriptions (vv. 1-9) for lighting the tabernacle "lamp" (měnôrāh) and the provision of 12 loaves is considered. First, the "light" (mā'ôr) of the měnôrāh represents the "lights" (mě'ōrōt) of Gen 1:14-16 which govern the "occasions" (miqrā'ê) prescribed in these framing chapters. Second, the 12 loaves positioned under this "light" represent the ideal of a holy Israel, paused in worship of YHWH on these "occasions". It is in the ensuing narrative (vv. 10-23) that the ideal symbolised in vv. 1-9 is extended to the life of Israel. The blasphemy of the "sojourner" (gēr) provides a foil for the legislator to present the "rules of talion" which reveal the extent to which this ideal of holiness should be reflected among the Israelites: it is required even of the "sojourner".
DOI 10.1163/156853308X372982
Pericopes Leviticus 23-25
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