By Jan Joosten
This paintings proposes a reconstruction of the idea international underlying the Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-26). It makes a speciality of the notions of individuals and land, that are significant to the best way the legislations is gifted during this corpus. very important subject matters handled contain the sons of Israel, the resident alien, the decision to holiness, the camp within the barren region and the land because the estate of the Lord.
The conceptual universe of the Holiness Code is fullyyt ruled by way of the concept of the presence of the Lord in his sanctuary, in the middle of his humans. it truly is this presence which calls for the Israelites to monitor holiness and confers upon the land its specific status.
The priestly notion of the connection among God, humans and land unearths attention-grabbing parallels within the ideology of holy areas evidenced in writings from the traditional close to East.
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2 For the relationship between law and covenant, see below. 3 Tbe fact that H, as opposed to Deuteronomy and BC, stands in the priestly tradition has become dear from the preceding chapter. Most of the differences between H and Deuteronomy are probably due to the fact that these corpora originated in different milieux, see chapter 1, n. 48. BC is older than both. 18 CHAPfER TWO LAWCODE Traditionally, the laws of the Pentateuch have been understood as positive law, meant for use in the courts of law.
82 79 Klostermann, Heiligkeitsgesetz, 377, argues, for instance, that Lev 11:43-45 formerly constituted the conclusion to a list of unclean animals introduced in Lev 20:22-25. When P made his own list of unclean animals, he excised from H the conclusion of its list. He also omitted the original list (but not its introduction) from H, since P now already contained one. 80 Baentsch, Heiligkeits-Gesetz, 4-12. This is essentially the view of Grelot, though he applies it to a different set of texts.
33 In H: 17:15; 18:26; 19:34; 23:42; 24:16, 22; elsewhere in priestly texts: Ex 12:19, 48,49; Lev 16:29; Nu 9:14; 15:13,29,30; cfr Jos 8:33; Ez 47:22. 34 In Ps 37:35 the word occurs in a different meaning. 35 BOB, 280. In the ur the verb occurs only in the meaning "to rise, to shine forth" (said of the sun, ofYHWH and of leprosy). 36 HAL I, 270, refers to 1. Barth, Wurzeluntersuchungen (1902), 15, for this etymology. However, it is found already in W. Robertson Srnith, Lectures on the Religion ofthe Semites (Edinburgh, 1889), 75.
People and Land in the Holiness Code: An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26 by Jan Joosten