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The Book of Leviticus: Composition and Reception
Rolf Rendtorff (Editor), Robert A. Kugler (Editor)

ISBN 1589832515
Status Available
Price: $49.95
Binding Paperback
Publication Date October, 2006
   

This volume examines the formation, final form, themes, and interpretation of the book of Leviticus. Contributors include well-known experts on Leviticus: Baruch Levine, Jacob Milgrom, Graeme Auld, Andreas Ruwe, and James Watts address Leviticus in its compositional and literary context; Alfred Marx, Mary Douglas, Walter Houston, and Adrian Schenker treat issues of cult and sacrifice; and Rene Peter-Contesse, Lester Grabbe, and Calum Carmichael discuss Leviticus on the priesthood.

A ground-breaking section on Leviticus in translation and interpretation includes essays by Sarianna Metso and Eugene Ulrich, Martin McNamara, David Lane, Peter Flint, Robert Kugler, Bruce Chilton, Hannah Harrington, Gerhard Bodendorfer, Linda Schearing, and Judith Romney Wegner.

These essays will serve students of Leviticus well for a long time to come.

Rolf Rendtorff is Professor Emeritus, University of Heidelberg. He has published extensively on the Pentateuch, particularly on Leviticus and topics related to it.
Robert A. Kugler is the Paul S. Wright Professor of Christian Studies at Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon. He is the author of Leviticus at Qumran (Brill, forthcoming).

CONTENTS

Introduction
—Rolf Rendtorff

PART 1: LEVITICUS IN ITS LITERARY CONTEXT

Leviticus: Its Literary History and Location in Biblical Literature
—Baruch Levine

HR in Leviticus and Elsewhere in the Torah
—Jacob Milgrom

Leviticus: After Exodus and Before Numbers
—Graeme Auld

The Structure of the Book of Leviticus in the Narrative Outline of the Priestly Sinai Story (Exod 19:1–Num 10:10*)
—Andreas Ruwe

The Rhetoric of Ritual Instruction in Leviticus 1–7
—James W. Watts

PART 2: CULT AND SACRIFICE

The Theology of the Sacrice According to Leviticus 1–7
—Alfred Marx

The Go-Away Goat
—Mary Douglas

Towards an Integrated Reading of the Dietary Laws of Leviticus
—Walter J. Houston

What Connects the Incest Prohibitions with the Other Prohibitions Listed in Leviticus 18 and 20?
—Adrian Schenker

PART 3: PRIESTHOOD IN LEVITICUS

Le sacerdoce
—René Péter-Contesse

The Priests in Leviticus—Is the Medium the Message?
—Lester L. Grabbe

Death and Sexuality Among Priests (Leviticus 21)
—Calum Carmichael

PART 4: LEVITICUS IN TRANSLATION AND INTERPRETATION

The Old Greek Translation of Leviticus
—Sarianna Metso and Eugene Ulrich

Reception of the Hebrew Text of Leviticus in the Targums
—Martin McNamara

The Reception of Leviticus: Peshitta Version
—D. J. Lane

The Book of Leviticus in the Dead Sea Scrolls
—Peter W. Flint

Rethinking the Notion of “Scripture” in the Dead Sea Scrolls: Leviticus as a Test Case
—Robert A. Kugler

Jesus, Levitical Purity, and the Development of Primitive Christianity
—Bruce Chilton

The Rabbinic Reception of Leviticus
—Hannah Harrington

[’ny yhwh]: God’s Self-Introduction Formula in Leviticus in Midrash Sifra
—Gerhard Bodendorfer

Double Time … Double Trouble? Gender, Sin, and Leviticus 12
—Linda S. Schearing

Coming Before the Lord”: The Exclusion of Women from the Public Domain of the Israelite Priestly Cult
—Judith Romney Wegner

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