The purpose of Leviticus 24 within its literacy context

Trevaskis, Leigh (2009) The purpose of Leviticus 24 within its literacy context. Vetus Testamentum, 59 2: 295-312. doi:10.1163/156853308X372982

Author Trevaskis, Leigh
Title The purpose of Leviticus 24 within its literacy context
Journal name Vetus Testamentum   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0042-4935
Publication date 2009-01-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1163/156853308X372982
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 59
Issue 2
Start page 295
End page 312
Total pages 18
Place of publication Leiden, Netherlands
Publisher Brill
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper argues that the purpose of Lev 24, situated as it is between the calendrical concerns of Lev 23 and 25, is discernible when the symbolism of its prescriptions (vv. 1-9) for lighting the tabernacle "lamp" (měnôrāh) and the provision of 12 loaves is considered. First, the "light" (mā'ôr) of the měnôrāh represents the "lights" (mě'ōrōt) of Gen 1:14-16 which govern the "occasions" (miqrā'ê) prescribed in these framing chapters. Second, the 12 loaves positioned under this "light" represent the ideal of a holy Israel, paused in worship of YHWH on these "occasions". It is in the ensuing narrative (vv. 10-23) that the ideal symbolised in vv. 1-9 is extended to the life of Israel. The blasphemy of the "sojourner" (gēr) provides a foil for the legislator to present the "rules of talion" which reveal the extent to which this ideal of holiness should be reflected among the Israelites: it is required even of the "sojourner".
Keyword Holiness Code
Ritual texts
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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