Leviticus as Literature

Leviticus as Literature

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This first full-scale account of Leviticus by a world-renowned anthropologist presents the biblical work as a literary masterpiece. Seen in an anthropological perspective Leviticus has a mystical structure which plots the book into three parts corresponding to the three parts of the desert tabernacle, which in turn corresponds to the parts of Mount Sinai. This completely new reading transforms the interpretation of the purity laws. The pig and other forbidden animals
are not abhorrent, they command the same respect due to all God's creatures. Boldly challenging several traditions of Bible criticism, Mary Douglas claims that Leviticus is not the narrow doctrine of a crabbed professional priesthood but a powerful intellectual statement about a religion which
emphasizes God's justice and compassion.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 139 x 215 x 16mm | 356g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • small amount of figures and tables
  • 0199244197
  • 9780199244195
  • 294,889

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the great anthropologist Mary Douglas's surprising rereading of a very old text,Leviticus as Literature makes a discarded classic zing with new life. * Valentine Cunningham, The Independent, 2000 *
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About Professor Mary Douglas

Mary Douglas is also the author of In the Wilderness, the Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers (1993).
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