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Reading Leviticus Responses to Mary Douglas by John F. A. Sawyer


Reading Leviticus Responses to Mary Douglas by John F. A. Sawyer

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?

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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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Publication date

1st October 1996


John F. A. Sawyer

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Sheffield Academic Press an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


298 pages




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