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Holiness in Jewish Thought$
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Alan L. Mittleman

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198796497

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198796497.001.0001

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Reclaiming the Priestly Theology

Reclaiming the Priestly Theology

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Holiness in Jewish Thought

Elsie R. Stern

Oxford University Press

For many contemporary readers, the ritual and legal texts of Leviticus do not serve as obvious sources for meaning-making and theological reflection. However, the priestly theology, as articulated in the rituals of the priestly source and as analyzed by contemporary scholars of Leviticus can serve as a rich resource for contemporary Jews who are seeking articulations of non-anthropomorphic and non-Orthodox theologies. This chapter investigates the thought of Julius Wellhausen, Yehezkel Kaufmann, Israel Knohl, and Jacob Milgrom on holiness and assesses their usefulness for contemporary Jewish theology. In particular, it explores the priestly theology as an alternative to the covenantal theology that became dominant in later forms of traditional Judaism.

Keywords:   priestly source, priestly theology, theology, Leviticus, purity, sacrifice

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