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Bibil Identifier bibil:208600
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Politics of Ritual Rhetoric: A Proposed Sociopolitical Context for the Redaction of Leviticus 1-16
Author Leuchter, Mark
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 60, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 345-365 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Recent studies have indicated the rhetorical purpose of Leviticus 1-16 as reification for the ritual authority of the Aaronide priesthood. In the present study, it is suggested that the literary shaping of these chapters was a response to external stimuli that threatened the priesthood. After weighing a variety of historical and socio-political contexts in which such a threat might have emerged, the tenure of Nehemiah as governor is considered as an example of the type of competing leadership typology that encroached upon the priesthood, and the rhetorical features of the Nehemiah Memoir are reconsidered in this light. The redaction of Leviticus 1-16 provides a sacral counter argument to administrative agents such as Nehemiah and his supporters, supporting an ideology where national survival was ensured not through interaction with Persia but through the integrity of Temple ritual entrusted solely to the Aaronide priests.
DOI 10.1163/156853310X504847
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Persian Period : Nehemiah
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Rite
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Worship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Ezekiel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Priest
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion : Priest
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Authority
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Temple
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Religion : Levites
Pericopes Leviticus 1-16
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