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Bibil Identifier bibil:220322
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) How Should We Read Hebrew Bible Ritual Texts? A Ritualistic Reading of The Law of the Nazirite (Num 6,1–21)
Author de Hemmer Gudme, Anne Katrine
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 23, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 64-84 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The aim of this article is to propose a ritualistic reading of Old Testament ritual texts based on the theory of Roy A. Rappaport. One of Rappaport's more or less overlooked views is that in order to be able to “understand” a certain ritual, one will have to become acquainted with this ritual's liturgical orders, its encoded message. In other words to understand a ritual it is necessary in some way to be informed of this ritual's particular worldview. As I focus on the ritual texts of the so called P material in the Pentateuch, and in particular on the law of the Nazirite in Numbers 6,1–21, I use this notion of Rappaport's as a hermeneutical key to the reading of the ritual texts. It is my claim that when we try to answer the questions posed by a ritual text, if we limit our search to the worldview of the ritual in question, we will not only be using an approach which is methodologically sound and appropriate, we will also receive better answers.
DOI 10.1080/09018320902853772
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Nazirite
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Rite
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Priestly
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Holiness
Pericopes Numbers 6,1-6,21
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