Document Type

Book Chapter

Date

2007

Embargo Period

7-17-2017

Keywords

Torah, Pentateuch, Priesthood, Hebrew Bible, Second Temple Judaism, rhetoric

Language

English

Disciplines

Biblical Studies | History of Religion | Religion | Rhetoric

Description/Abstract

In the Second Temple period, the Torah gained scriptural authority through its association with the priesthoods of the Jerusalem and Samaritan temples. The Torah, in tum, legitimized these priests' control over both the temples and, for much of the period, over the territory of Judah as well. An original function of the Pentateuch then was to legitimize the religious and, by extension, the political claims of priestly dynasties. This point has rarely been discussed and never been emphasized by biblical scholars, however, which makes the subject of the Torah's relationship to the Second Temple Aaronide priesthood as much about the ideologies of academic culture as about ancient religious history.

Additional Information

Pages 319-331 from The Pentateuch as Torah: New Models for Understanding Its Promulgation and Acceptance, edited by Gary N. Knoppers and Bernard M. Levinson, Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2007, available at http://www.eisenbrauns.com/item/KNOPENTAT. Reproduced by permission of the publisher.

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