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Bibil Identifier bibil:247470
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Atonement and Purification
Title (English, ) Priestly and Assyro-Babylonian Perspectives on Sin and its Consequences
Author Cranz, Isabelle
Series Forschungen zum Alten Testament. 2. Reihe (Volume: 92)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature XA 578/92
Place 22:931.21
Publishing house Mohr Siebeck
Place Tübingen
ISBN 978-3-16-154916-8
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xiii Pages
178 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract Biblical scholars frequently attempt to contextualize the Priestly ritual corpus by comparing it to other ancient Near Eastern ritual traditions. This comparative approach tends to detect a hidden polemic at work in the Priestly Source (P) which was meant to highlight its distinctly monotheistic outlook. Isabel Cranz reframes current understandings of P by comparing Priestly rituals of atonement to their Assyro-Babylonian counterparts. In this way she shows how the Priestly ritual corpus is highly specialized and concerns itself primarily with sanctuary maintenance. Viewing P in this new light in turn helps to demonstrate that the authors of P were not interested in discrediting foreign rituals or pushing a monotheistic agenda. Instead P primarily aimed to confirm the Aaronide priests as the only legitimate priestly group fit for service at the altar. Subsequently if a polemical agenda is present in P it can be shown to be directed against rivals and critics of the Aaronide priesthood, not other rituals of the ancient Near East.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Expiation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Purification
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Religion
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