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Bibil Identifier bibil:215476
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Phinehan Zeal: A Consideration of James Dunn's Proposal
Author Ortlund, Dane
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 20, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 299-315 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article considers James Dunn’s understanding of Phinehas’s zeal. Dunn has given special attention to Jewish zeal in his writings, and this study considers specifically his view of Phinehan zeal in Numbers 25, Sirach 45, and 1 Maccabees 2. Dunn argues that the focus of this zeal is its ethnic or nationalistic dimension; it is a zeal for Israel’s set-apartness from the nations (horizontal). Upon a close reading of these three texts, it is concluded that Dunn makes primary what is in fact secondary. The focus of these texts is instead obedience to God through Torah-loyalty (vertical).
DOI 10.1177/0951820711411233
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Religious Parties and Movements : Zealots
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Phinehas
Pericopes Numbers 25
Sirach 45
1 Maccabees 2
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