• Levites that have more tsedeq than Tsadoq: Reading 2 Chr 29:34 in a web of righteousness

    Author(s):
    Christine Mitchell (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Subject(s):
    Hebrew bible, Chronicles, Ezekiel
    Item Type:
    Conference paper
    Conf. Title:
    SBL Annual Meeting
    Conf. Org.:
    Society of Biblical Literature
    Conf. Loc.:
    Chicago
    Conf. Date:
    November 2012
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M65D8ND8Z
    Abstract:
    It is well-recognized that Chronicles and Ezekiel have opposing views on the suitability of Levites for service in the Jerusalem temple cult. Ezek 44 contains a diatribe against the Levites, while the entire book of Chronicles is an encomium to them. In this paper I focus specifically on 2 Chr 29:34, where the Levites are described as being "more upright of heart than the priests in sanctifying themselves." Connecting "upright of heart" with "righteous" (tsedeq) through Deuteronomy and the Psalms, I read Chronicles as presenting a subtle polemic against the Zadokite priests of Ezekiel.
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