A Study of Its Laws and Institutions in the Light of Biblical Narratives
By (author) Calum Carmichael
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Illuminating Leviticus by Calum Carmichael
Book DescriptionThe origin of law in the Hebrew Bible has long been the subject of scholarly debate. Until recently, the historico-critical methodologies of the academy have yielded unsatisfactory conclusions concerning the source of these laws which are woven through biblical narratives. In this original and provocative study, Calum Carmichael-a leading scholar of biblical law and rhetoric-suggests that Hebrew law was inspired by the study of the narratives in Genesis through 2 Kings. Discussing particular laws found in the book of Leviticus-addressing issues such as the Day of Atonement, consumption of meat that still has blood, the Jubilee year, sexual and bodily contamination, and the treatment of slaves-Carmichael links each to a narrative. He contends that biblical laws did not emerge from social imperatives in ancient Israel, but instead from the careful, retrospective study of the nation's history and identity.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780801885006
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 19-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Calum Carmichael
Book of Numbers: a Critique of Genesis, Hardback (July 2012)
Applies a literary approach to the study of the Bible, and shows how each law and each narrative in "Numbers", the least researched book in the Pentateuch, responds to problems arising in narrative incidents in "Genesis".
Sex and Religion in the Bible, Hardback (February 2010)View all books by Calum Carmichael
If we look to the Bible for historical accounts of ancient life, we make a profound error. Sifting through the imaginative layers of Hebrew Bible and New Testament, this title unearths patterns connecting disparate passages, providing insights into how ideas were expressed, received, and transformed in the ancient Near East.
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Author Biography - Calum Carmichael
Calum Carmichael is a professor of comparative literature and an adjunct professor of law at Cornell University.
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