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Purity, Sacrifice, and the TempleSymbolism and Supersessionism in the Study of Ancient Judaism$
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Jonathan Klawans

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195162639

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.001.0001

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The Sacrificial Process of Ancient Israel

The Sacrificial Process of Ancient Israel

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(p.49) 2 The Sacrificial Process of Ancient Israel
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Purity, Sacrifice, and the Temple
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195162639.003.0002

This chapter examines the biblical sacrificial process, including purity rites, as recorded especially in the priestly tradition and the Holiness Code. It argues against placing the priestly traditions in a linear chronological relationship, as done by Julius Wellhausen and Yehezkel Kaufmann. It proposes a new symbolic understanding of both purity and sacrifice. Sacrifice can be understood as an act of imitatio Dei, with the goal of attracting the Divine Presence into the tabernacle.

Keywords:   ritual purity, moral purity, priestly tradition, holiness code, Imitatio Dei, Divine presence, tabernacle, Julius Wellhausen, Yehezkel Kaufmann

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