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Lecture 9 - The Priestly Legacy: Cult and Sacrifice, Purity and Holiness in Leviticus and Numbers

Lecture 9 - The Priestly Legacy: Cult and Sacrifice, Purity and Holiness in Leviticus and Numbers

This video was recorded at YALE RLST 145 - Introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) with Professor Christine Hayes. In this lecture, the Priestly source (P) found primarily in Leviticus and Numbers is introduced. The symbolism of the sacrificial cult and purity system, the differences between moral and ritual impurity, as well as holiness and purity are explained within the Priestly context. The concept of holiness and imitatio dei, or human imitation of God, is explained. Reading assignment: Bible: "Concepts of Purity in the Bible" (JSB pp. 2041-2047) Milgrom, Jacob. "Israel's Sanctuary: The Priestly Picture of Dorian Gray." Reprint of Revue Biblique, 82:74-84 Resources: Midterm Examination Review Sheet [text]
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