Authors/Contributors

James WattsFollow

Document Type

Article

Date

2006

Embargo Period

1-10-2012

Keywords

Leviticus, sacrifice, offerings, rhetoric, ritual

Language

English

Disciplines

History of Religion | Jewish Studies | Religion | Rhetoric

Description/Abstract

The ‘olah offering receives pride of place in most lists of sacrifices in the Hebrew Bible, including the ritual rules of Leviticus. Its prominence in these texts suggests that the writers expected its mention to have an effect on their audience. This rhetorical effect must be evaluated and understood before the references to the `olah can be used to reconstruct ancient religious practices reliably. A comparative analysis of the rhetoric about the `olah suggests that its priority burnished the image of priests as devoted selflessly to divine worship and drew attention away from their economic interests in the sacrificial system mandated in the Torah. The later effect of this rhetoric in Jewish and Christian tradition was to separate the ideal of “sacrifice” from any necessary connection to actual animal offerings.

Additional Information

from Vetus Testamentum 66/1 (2006): 125-137

Source

harvest source