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Reading Leviticus: Responses to Mary Douglas John F. Sawyer

Reading Leviticus: Responses to Mary Douglas

John F. Sawyer

Published January 10th 2010
ISBN : 9781281813886
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290 pages
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Until recently Leviticus has been read, especially in Christian circles, as part of a priestly work with a predominantly prescriptive and ritualistic agenda. In this volume of papers read at a colloquium held in honour of Mary Douglas at LancasterMoreUntil recently Leviticus has been read, especially in Christian circles, as part of a priestly work with a predominantly prescriptive and ritualistic agenda. In this volume of papers read at a colloquium held in honour of Mary Douglas at Lancaster University in 1995, experts in the Hebrew Bible, Jewish law, comparative law, classical literature and social anthropology raise challenging questions about the composition, context and purpose of the book. Can it be read as an autonomous literary unit? How significant are its unique ethical insights? Is it law or narrative? Does it reflect actual Second Temple Period practice? How is it related to the Mishnah?