Leviticus and Numbers
Publication Year: 2013
Like other volumes in the Texts @ Contexts series, these essays de-center the often homogeneous first-world orientation of much biblical scholarship and open up new possibilities for discovery.
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Other Books in the Series viiSeries Preface ixContributors xvAbbreviations xixIntroduction • Athalya Brenner 1...
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Athalya Brenner, Cheryl Kirk-Duggan, Kari Latvus, Archie Chi-Chung...
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Thedisciplineofbiblicalstudiesemergesfromaparticularculturalcontext;it is profoundly influenced by the assumptions and values of the WesternEuropean and North Atlantic, male-dominated, and largely Protestantenvironment in which it was born. Yet like the religions with which it isinvolved,thecriticalstudyoftheBiblehastraveledbeyonditsoriginalcontext....
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Amadi Ahiamadu is lecturer in the Department of Religious and Cultural Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and a research fellow of the Department of Old and New Testament, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. He is also a member...
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Both Leviticus and Numbers begin with the claim that what is set out inthem was delivered by the Hebrew God to Moses at the Tent of Meeting,in the desert, on the way from Egypt to the promised land (Lev. 1:1; Num.1:1). Numbers goes further, giving the date of delivery as well, as the secondmonth in the second year of the exodus from Egypt (1:1). Leviticus ends on...
PART IIssues in Leviticus
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Thetitleofthisessayisalittlemisleading,suggestingthatIwritefromasinglelocation, when in fact my training in multiple disciplines gives me liminalacademicstatus.Iamnotonlyanenvironmentalethicist;Iamaformerbiblicistand archaeologist who has chosen ethics as her academic home because it isan ideal place for posing questions about ancient texts and modern life. I was...
2USDA or YHWH?
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O T ¥ƒ ¡ƒ T ¢ ¢ « ¡ ƒ I¡ƒ ⁄£⁄ ƒ ⁄ ¥ C¢¡ƒ “ƒRecent work in Old Testament theology has focused attention on the contextof the interpreters andthe role this plays inorienting andshaping their studies.In a chapter titled What is a Theology of Genesis ? in his Theology ofthe Book of Genesis, Walter Moberly writes, There is something intrinsically...
3“Do Not Bare Your Heads and Do NotRend Your Clothes” (Leviticus 10:6)
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Many agree nowadays that objective research devoid of a personal dimensionis a chimera. As noted by Fewell (1987: 77), the very choice of a research topicis influenced by subjective factors. Until October 2008, mourning in the Bibleand the ways in which people deal with bereavement had never been one ofmy particular fields of interest, and my various plans for scholarly research did...
4Slave Wives and Transgressive Unionsin Biblical and Ancient Near EasternLaws and Literature
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Several years ago, I attended a talk within the Orthodox Jewish community inLondon on monogamy among the patriarchs. As it sounded intriguing, giventhe polygamous situation in Jacob s household, I was curious to hear what thiswell-known rabbi had to say on the matter. The focus of the lecture was Isaacand Rebecca, who were indeed monogamous. The issue of polygamy among...
5The Notion of כפר in the Book ofLeviticus and Chinese Popular Religion
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The term Chinese popular religion1 has been much debated and problematizedin religious studies and thus demands further elaboration2 (Bell 1989; Fowlerand Fowler 2008: 224 49).3 First of all, I do not use the term in oppositionto the so-called o cial/institutional/elite religions, whether in ancient or inmodern China. The two categories, in spite of their noticeable di›erences, do...
6Golden Do’s and Don’ts
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InarecentseminarycoursewherewediscussedtheethicalvaluesoftheHebrewBible, the New Testament, and the Qur an, students compared the guidingethical principles of these scriptures to the principles and values coded in theUnited Nations Declaration of Universal Human Rights (UNDUHR),1 thefoundational document for the international laws governing human rights....
PART IIIssues in Numbers
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7Bitter Waters (Numbers 5), FloodWaters (Genesis 6–9), and SomeTheologies of Exile and Land
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In this essay I o›er an intertextual reading of the So ah ritual of the bitterwaters (Num. 5:1-31) and the flood narrative (Gen. 6:1 9:28). I argue thatthesetwotextsfunctionasstructural,ritual,literary,andtheologicalequivalentsof, respectively, divorce as described in Deut. 24:1-4 and exile as interpretedin many prophetic texts, especially in Jeremiah (e.g., Jer. 29:1-14) and Ezekiel...
8From the Well in Midian to the Ba‘al ofPeor
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My interest in the subject of this essay is first and foremost scholarly andI am an Israeli, born in Tel Aviv. My grandfather was an ordained rabbi;after returning from the synagogue on Shabbat morning, he would give melessonsinthe Teaching of the Fathers (Pirkei Avot).ThiswasoneofthesourcesformyloveofancientJewishwritingsandmydecisiontoworkonBibleresearch....
9Numbers 25 and Beyond
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In Ezra 9, having returned to Jerusalem from captivity in Babylon and findingthat the holy seed ha[d] mixed itself with the peoples of the lands (Ezra 9:1),Ezra is appalled (9:4). His response takes the form of a lamenting prayer (vv.6-15), which is really a sermon, addressing what he perceived as faithlessnesson the part of the returned exiles and those who had not been deported. Ezra...
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The Bible, of all books, is the most dangerous one, the one that hasneither does it claim that the stories it tells are paradigms for humanaction in all times and places. . . . Perhaps the most constructiveWhatIintendtodohereissimpleandstraightforward.1First,Iwillbeginwitha brief overview of popular European depictions of Oceania, which will serve...
11A Queer Womanist Midrashic Readingof Numbers 25:1-18
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What makes an interpretation feminist?1 Afeministinterpretationisoneinwhichgender forms a, if not the, critical lens through which the object text, artifact,performance,culture,andsoon isinterpreted.Thegenderlensisamultifocaltool, so gender as an interpretive medium includes gendering disclosed inand constructed by the text, artifact, performance, or culture being interpreted...
12Assessing Female Inheritance of Land inNigeria with the Daughters ofZelophehad Narrative (Numbers27:1-11)
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The choice of the narratives about Zelophehad s daughters is intended tohighlight its relevance to understanding the inheritance rights of women inNigeria. The side-by-side reading of the two disparate cultures, across timeand place, helps us analyze a problem in the Niger Delta areas that demandsan attitudinal change with respect to female inheritance of land among the...
13Reading Iconoclastic Stipulations inNumbers 33:50-56 from the PluralisticReligious Context of China
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Christian evangelical missionary work in the religiously plural Asian contextis more often than not characterized by iconoclastic polemics for underminingthe value and integrity of Asian religious cultures.1 Missionaries, regardless oftheirreligiouspersuasionaseitherliberalorconservative,havetheultimategoalof converting the so-called pagans. Though practically impossible, conversion...
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Page Count: 272
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Text @ Contexts