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Ritual and Rhetoric in Leviticus

From Sacrifice to Scripture [Paperback]

by James W. Watts

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      James W. Watts

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      Cambridge University Press

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      October 2012

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    Ritual and Rhetoric in Leviticus, first published in 2007, uses rhetorical analysis to expose the motives behind the writing of the central book of the Torah/Pentateuch and its persuasive function in ancient Judaism. The answer to the question, 'who was trying to persuade whom of what by writing these texts?' proves to be quite consistent throughout Leviticus 1-16: Aaronide high priests and their supporters used this book to legitimize their monopoly over the ritual offerings of Jews and Samaritans.

    With this priestly rhetoric at its center, the Torah supported the rise to power of two priestly dynasties in Second Temple Judaism. Their ascendancy in turn elevated the prestige and rhetorical power to the book, making it the first real scripture in Near Eastern and Western religious traditions.

    • Ritual texts were meant to be persuasive texts and should be analyzed rhetorically - as Watts does here
    • The authority of scripture derived, first of all, from its ritual authority over temple offerings and priests
    • 'Sacrifice' has less to do with ancient offerings of animals than with modern moral judgments

    1. Introduction: ritual text and ritual interpretation
    2. The rhetoric of ritual instruction
    3. The rhetoric of burnt offerings
    4. The rhetoric of sin, guilt and ritual offerings
    5. The rhetoric of ritual narrative
    6. The rhetoric of atonement
    7. The rhetoric of priesthood
    8. The rhetoric of sacrifice
    9. The rhetoric of scripture
    Index of biblical citations
    Index of other ancient literature
    Index of authors
    Index of subjects.


    • Author

      James W. Watts

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    • Publisher

      Cambridge University Press

    • Published

      October 2012

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      153 x 229 x 17 mm

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    • Author/Creator: James W. Watts

    • ISBN: 9781107407954

    • Publisher: Cambridge University Press

    • Release Date: October 2012

    • Weight: 414g

    • Dimensions: 153 x 229 x 17 mm

    • Eden Code: 4048965

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