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- DescriptionThis first full-scale account of Leviticus by a world-rewned anthropologist presents the biblical work as a literary masterpiece. Seen in an anthropological perspective Leviticus has a mystical structure which plots the book into three parts corresponding to the three parts of the desert tabernacle, which in turn corresponds to the parts of Mount Sinai. This completely new reading transforms the interpretation of the purity laws. The pig and other forbidden animals are t abhorrent, they command the same respect due to all God's creatures. Boldly challenging several traditions of Bible criticism, Mary Douglas claims that Leviticus is t the narrow doctrine of a crabbed professional priesthood but a powerful intellectual statement about a religion which emphasizes God's justice and compassion.
- Author BiographyMary Douglas is also the author of In the Wilderness, the Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers (1993).
- Author(s)Professor Mary Douglas
- PublisherOxford University Press
- Date of Publication08/03/2001
- SubjectNon-Christian Religions
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintOxford University Press
- Content Notesmall amount of figures and tables
- Weight356 g
- Width139 mm
- Height215 mm
- Spine16 mm
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