Pentateuchal and ancient near eastern ritual

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This essay will discuss recent developments in the comparative study of biblical ritual, focusing specifically on the Priestly source of the Pentateuch. It will introduce some basic problems with the definition of “ritual” and address the relationship between text and practice; provide an overview of theoretical developments in the study of ritual; focus on the identification and significant of extrabiblical parallels for dating and interpretation; and examine the contribution of these materials for understanding the textualization of priestly ritual.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of the Pentateuch
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780198726302
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2021

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  • Bible
  • Pentateuch
  • Priestly source
  • Ritual
  • Ritual practice
  • Ritual theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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