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Hebrew Studies 39 (1998) 220 Reviews bibliographical infonnation in the exposition for those interested in pursuing matters further. One particular strength of the exegesis is that there are many helpful word studies. This is particularly necessary when dealing with technical language common in legal material. The author is also well acquainted with recent sociological approaches to the study of ancient Israelite society. This is particularly evident in his discussion of the concepts of holiness, separation, sacrifice, and the disposal of impurity. One weakness of the work would be the limited steps taken by the author to present the narrative and theological place of the book of Leviticus within the larger framework of the Pentateuch. Since the author affinns that there is at least some priestly redaction in the book of Joshua, some attempt to place the book of Leviticus within the Hexateuch would have been helpful as well. The volume is thorough, well researched, and makes an important contribution to the study of Hebrew legal literature. The discussions in the introduction and exegesis are carefully done, and communicate clearly to students interested in the book of Leviticus. Jeff S. Anderson Wayland Baptist University Anchorage,AUr 99504 anderson@wbuJ.wbu.edu PERUSH AL SEFER BAMIDBAR (A COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF NUMBERS, CHAPTERS XXII-XXXVI). By Jacob Licht. Shmuel Ahituv, ed. pp. xv + 209. Jerusalem: Magnes Press, 1995. This book is the third and final volume of the late Jacob Licht's commentary in flowing Modem Hebrew prose on the Book of Numbers. Prepared for publication from the late author's uncompleted manuscript and with diligent use of the author's notebooks as a labor of love by Professor Shmuel Ahituv and his wife Erella, this volume represents the lyrical swan song of one of the most important Israeli biblical scholars, who earned his doctorate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem just prior to Israel's war of independence fifty years ago. Famous for his brilliant Hebrew commentaries on the Thanksgiving Hymns from Qumran Cave 1 (Jerusalem, 1957), the Rule of the Community (Jerusalem, 1964) and the Ezra Apocalypse (Jerusalem, 1968), forty-four articles in journals and /estschriften, mostly in Hebrew and mostly dealing with Qumranica and Hebrew Studies 39 (1998) 221 Reviews apocalyptic literature, and ninety entries in the Hebrew Encyclopaedia Biblica, Jacob Licht (1922-1992) devoted his final years to a small but important volume on biblical narrative, Storytelling in the Bible (Jerusalem, 1978), which was published in both English and Italian, and the three-part commentary on the Book of Numbers. Licht's commentary divides Numbers 22-36 into thirteen sections as follows: the Balaam cycle (Num 22:2-24:25), the story of Phinehas (Nom 25:1-19a), the census in the plains of Moab (Num 25:19b-26:65), the case of the daughters of Zelophehad (Num 27:1-11), the appointment of Joshua (Nom 27:12-23), the daily and additional sacrifices (Num 28-29), the pericope of vows (Num 30), the Midianite war (Num 31), the settlement of Gad and Reuben in Transjordan (Num 32), the itinerary of the children of Israel (Num 33:1-49), the borders of the land of Canaan (Num 33:5034 :29), the Levitical cities and the cities of refuge (Num 35), more about the daughters of Zelophehad (Num 36). His division of the commentary on Numbers into three volumes and his subdivision of Numbers 22-36 into thirteen subdivisions gives Licht the opportunity to supply this last volume with fourteen concise introductions, one to the volume as a whole and one to each of the thirteen subdivisions. Each of these introductions deals primarily with the literary structure of the received text and the interconnection between ideas and structure, to which Licht devoted himself in a long series of articles written over two generations on biblical narratives in the Hebrew Encyclopaedia Biblica and more recently in his Storytelling in the Bible. The most important and original feature of Licht's commentary on Numbers 22-36 is the refreshingly original treatment of theological issues such as the meaning of the Balaam narrative (pp. 6-8) and Phinehas' zealousness (p. 45). Unlike so many studies on biblical themes produced in Europe...

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2158-1681
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0146-4094
Pages
pp. 220-223
Launched on MUSE
2011-10-05
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