The Totally Reformed Religion

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print March 2001 | ISBN: 9780199244195
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600548 | DOI:
 The Totally Reformed Religion

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This chapter carries on the comparison between Deuteronomy and Leviticus in two specific domains. One is the question of whether the Levitical laws supported the idea of one central shrine at Jerusalem; here it is argued that the two books are at odds. The other is the question of cults of the dead, on which they are at one. In connection with the idea of a central sanctuary, different sections of the chapter look at the covenant, sacrifice and secular slaughter, and the evidence for and against a central sanctuary (including some discussion of the different classes of animal life). The absence of cults of the dead in both Deuteronomy and Leviticus is then addressed, and a further look taken at Joseph Blenkinsopp’s (1995) analysis Deuteronomy’s legislation in the light of the discussion on cults of the dead.

Keywords: animal classes; Bible; central sanctuary; covenant; cults of the dead; Deuteronomy; legislation; Leviticus; sacrifice; secular slaughter

Chapter.  8296 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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