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Reading Leviticus Responses to Mary Douglas

by John F. A. Sawyer

Part of the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S. Series

Reading Leviticus Responses to Mary Douglas Synopsis

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 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?

Book Information

ISBN: 9781850756286
Publication date: 1st October 1996
Author: John F. A. Sawyer
Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 298 pages

About John F. A. Sawyer

Professor John Sawyer was Head of Religious Studies, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and is now Senior Research Fellow, University College of St Martin, Lancaster.

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