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Bibil Identifier bibil:202067
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Law and Loss: Response to Catastrophein Numbers 15
Author Novick, Tzvi
Journal Harvard Theological Review (Volume: 101, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 1-14 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The episode of the wood-gatherer (מקשש עצים) in Num 15:32–36 is concisely narrated. The Israelites, in the wilderness, catch a man gathering wood on the Sabbath. They convey him to Moses and the congregation, evidently for judgment, but they cannot determine what his fate should be. A watch is therefore set over him until the matter can be clarified. Then God, presumably in response to an inquiry by Moses, informs him that the prisoner is to be stoned. The congregation forthwith executes the judgment. The story is sharply demarcated, on the one side by the law concerning unintentional and intentional sins (15:22–31)and on the other by the law of tassels (15:37–41). The present essay offers an interpretation of this story that situates it meaningfully in its current literary context and in the historical milieu in which it was redacted. I shall argue that the episode of the wood-gatherer addresses the force of covenantal law in the aftermath of national catastrophe.
DOI 10.1017/S0017816008001703
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sabbath
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Covenant
Pericopes Numbers 15,32-15,36
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