• The Biblical Priestly Tradition as Material Religion: A Comparative Ancient Mediterranean Approach

    Author(s):
    Seth Sanders (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Subject(s):
    Bible. Pentateuch, Material culture--Religious aspects--Judaism, Sacrifice, P document (Biblical criticism)
    Item Type:
    Book chapter
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/hnq1-zy67
    Abstract:
    This chapter lays out how the Priestly corpus represents a distinctive form of material religion within the ancient Near East. Both its ideology and practice, on the one hand, and its physical shape as a composition, on the other, are distinctive and have had distinctive impacts on the history of religion. While the acts that the Priestly corpus prescribes, including the sanctification of ritual sites, offerings of animal and vegetable sacrifice, and the purification of bodies and objects are common across the ancient Mediterranean, its attitude toward language and action is not. In contrast to its best- documented neighbors from Syria and Mesopotamia, it represents a largely different attitude toward the possibilities of human ritual activity and its relationship to the divine. Indeed, P is itself a distinctive embodiment of language about action.
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