Memory and Covenant
The Role of Israel's and God's memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
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Thisbookisasubstantialrevisionofmydissertation, MemoryandReligiousReligion,` written under the supervision of Dr. Stephen Geller at the JewishTheological Seminary. As its title indicates, the dissertation was concernedwith mapping the semantic eld of memory in deuteronomic and priestlyliterature, and, by applying the Theory of Divergent Modes of Religiosity...
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...questionassumes, rstofall,thatmemorywasameaningfulconceptforthem,an assumption unlikely to be challenged by the mainstream ever since 1982when Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi published Zakhor: Jewish History and JewishMemory.Yerushalmi identi ed memory as areligious imperative toanentirethese things, O Jacob, for you, O Israel, are My servant; I have...
Two Worldviews: Creation—Destruction—Re-Creation
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Readers familiar with the book Genesis know that the book starts with twostories of creation, one (Gen. 1:1?2:4a) a seven-day schema culminating inGod?srestontheseventhday,attributedtoP,andasecond(Gen.2:4b?3:24),storydescribesnotonlycreation,but(inGenesis3)theeventsthatbringaboutthe loss of primeval paradise. There is also a priestly account of destroyed...
What Is “Memory”?
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As stated at the outset of this work, memory is central to the covenanttheologiesofthedeuteronomicandpriestlytraditions.Butwhatis memory`for each? Is it recollection or retrospect? Is it retrieval or retention? Does itconcernspeci cepisodesorextendedevents?Isitinformationorexperience,ismemoryhasoccupiedphilosophers,theologians,andscientistsformillennia....
Memory at Work in the Lived Covenant
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“Remember, do not forget”: Israel’s Covenantal Duty in Deuteronomy
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Deuteronomy is not usually associated with ritual. Its law code says almostnothing about the practices associated with the shrine such as sacri ces andpuri cation rites other than that they must be performed only in the placewhich[Yahweh]haschosen.`1 Whenitdoesstipulatespeci cactivities,suchasthepilgrimagefestivals(Deut.16:1-17)orsacreddonations(Deut.14:22-29;...
The Priestly Solution: Sensory Stimuli for God
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Accordingtothepriestlytradition,therevelationatSinaiconsistsoftheplans,practices,andlawsassociatedwithIsrael?scult.Mosesreceivesdirectionsfortheconstructionofthetabernacleanditsfurnishingsandvessels,andformakingthepriestlyvestments.Healsoreceivescommandsconcerningtheordinationof the priesthood and the consecration of the tabernacle, and descriptions of...
Israel’s Memory in the Priestly Tradition
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Whilethedeuteronomictraditionprescribesrelativelyfewritualpractices,inthepriestlytraditionritualisacentralconcern.TheattentiontothemechanicsofritualiswhatleadssomereaderstoidentifyLeviticus(plusportionsofExodus25?40 and Numbers 1?8) as a manual for the priesthood. Admittedly, thereis something doctrinal, not in the sense of theological creed but in terms of...
Memory and the Transformation of Priestly Terms into Lay Concepts
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ThelossofthetempleanditsritualsleftachasminthereligiousexperienceoftheIsraeliteslivinginexile.ThatdisastercouldwellhavebeenunderstoodasGod?sutterrejectionofGod?speopleandtheendofthecovenantwithIsrael.keepGodpresentandawarebymeansofthoserituals,thepriesthoodmusthaveYet all was not lost. The authors behind the Holiness tradition, who...
Signs for God
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Signs,asdemonstrationsofGod?spresenceandpower,dominatethebeginningofIsrael?snationalstoryasrelatedbythepriestlytradition.GodinstructsMosestoperformsignsbeforetheIsraelitesasproofofGod?sreadinesstosavethem(Exod.4:4-8)andbeforePharaohtodemonstrateGod?ssuperiorpower(Exod.4:17, 28, 30). As God prepares to carry out the onslaught of demonstrations,...
Conclusion and Comments
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...and one of the Papal Basilicas. According to legend, in 356 ?? Pope LiberioHill describing the outline of the church to be constructed. The festival iscelebratedannuallywithHighMass.Attheclimaxoftheservice,rosepetalsarescatteredfromthedomeofthebasilicainimitationofthesnowthatprovidedIwanted toseethis festival anddecidedtoattend themass. Thechurch...
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Index of Subjects and Names
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Index of Biblical References and Rabbinic Texts
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Page Count: 192
Publication Year: 2013
Series Title: Emerging Scholars
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