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The Sacrificial Process of Ancient Israel

Jonathan Klawans

in Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780195162639
Published online January 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199785254 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.003.0002
                      The Sacrificial Process of Ancient Israel

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This chapter examines the biblical sacrificial process, including purity rites, as recorded especially in the priestly tradition and the Holiness Code. It argues against placing the priestly traditions in a linear chronological relationship, as done by Julius Wellhausen and Yehezkel Kaufmann. It proposes a new symbolic understanding of both purity and sacrifice. Sacrifice can be understood as an act of imitatio Dei, with the goal of attracting the Divine Presence into the tabernacle.

Keywords: ritual purity; moral purity; priestly tradition; holiness code; Imitatio Dei; Divine presence; tabernacle; Julius Wellhausen; Yehezkel Kaufmann

Chapter.  12874 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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