Lecture 9 - The Priestly Legacy: Cult and Sacrifice, Purity and Holiness in Leviticus and Numbers

author: Christine Hayes, Department of Religious Studies, Yale University
published: Feb. 16, 2011,   recorded: October 2006,   views: 5125

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In this lecture, the Priestly source (P) found primarily in Leviticus and Numbers is introduced. The symbolism of the sacrificial cult and purity system, the differences between moral and ritual impurity, as well as holiness and purity are explained within the Priestly context. The concept of holiness and imitatio dei, or human imitation of God, is explained.

Reading assignment:

Bible: "Concepts of Purity in the Bible" (JSB pp. 2041-2047)

Milgrom, Jacob. "Israel's Sanctuary: The Priestly Picture of Dorian Gray." Reprint of Revue Biblique, 82:74-84

Resources: Midterm Examination Review Sheet [text]

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