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Bibil Identifier bibil:227328
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Permutations of Sovereignty in the Priestly Tradition
Author Brett, Mark G.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 63, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 383–392 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract According to P and H, Israelites can in some respects be seen as “sojourners” (גרים) not just in foreign lands but also in the land given to Abraham’s seed. As one would expect, Israelites are also viewed as citizens in their own land, yet ironically this is affirmed in H passages such as Lev. 24:22 and Exod. 12:49 which call for equality between natives and immigrants. The paper suggests that P and H are engaged in a debate with the Deuteronomistic traditions about the significance of political sovereignty and citizenship. The priestly writers mimic imperial symbolism and imply that the “many nations” descended from Abraham (Gen. 17:4), and the “assembly of nations” descended from Jacob-Israel (Gen. 35:11), would embody an imperial rather than national sovereignty.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341116
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Historical Traditions : Priestly
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Identity
Pericopes Genesis 17,4
Genesis 35,11
Leviticus 24,22
Exodus 12,49
Terms גֵּר גר גור גיר
קָהָל קהל
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