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Paul And The Law: Keeping The Commandments Of God, A. Thornhill Sep 2015

Paul And The Law: Keeping The Commandments Of God, A. Thornhill

A. Chadwick Thornhill

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The Historical And Literary Contexts Of The Sin And Guilt Offerings, James Watts May 2015

The Historical And Literary Contexts Of The Sin And Guilt Offerings, James Watts

James Watts

Many interpreters have noted that the common nouns, hattat and asham, carry legal connotations in Akkadian and non-priestly parts of the Hebrew Bible. In P, they also serve as the names of the “sin” and “guilt” offerings. The fact that the offering names evoke legal documents and treaties suggests that they were introduced because priests were playing a larger role in legal matters, or at least wished to. The demise of the kingdoms of Israel and Judah provide plausible reasons for why the Temple would have been looking for additional sources of revenue in the form of the sin and ...


Desecrating Scriptures, James Watts Feb 2012

Desecrating Scriptures, James Watts

James Watts

Desecrations of books of scripture appear regularly in media coverage of religious and political conflicts. Twenty-first century news media have reported scripture desecrations in various Western, Middle Eastern, African, and South Asian countries. Though political tensions also arise from the desecration of sacred sites, objects, and persons, books of scripture have emerged as particularly potent objects of contestation. That is because, as a (very) old form of media themselves, scriptures encapsulate the religious experiences of many people who are used to handling the physical book with veneration. News of such a book’s desecration thus inverts a common religious experience ...


Aaron And The Golden Calf In The Rhetoric Of The Pentateuch, James Watts Feb 2012

Aaron And The Golden Calf In The Rhetoric Of The Pentateuch, James Watts

James Watts

In the Pentateuch, the contrast between law and narrative, or more precisely, ritual instructions and ritual narrative, is nowhere more stark than in the relationship between the Golden Calf story (Exod 32-34) and the instructions for building the Tabernacle (Exod 25-31, 35-40). The former vilifies Aaron by placing him at the center of the idolatrous event while the latter celebrates Aaron and his sons as divinely consecrated priests. Though source criticism has long since distinguished the authors of these accounts, it does not explain the intentions behind a literary juxtaposition that is too stark to be anything but intentional. Nor ...


Ritual Legitimacy And Scriptural Authority, James Watts Dec 2004

Ritual Legitimacy And Scriptural Authority, James Watts

James Watts

Theorists of ritual have frequently criticized the old tendency in Western culture to dichotomize ritual and text by pointing to the ritual uses of scripture that reinforce its authority. This article extends that argument by illustrating how Torah gained its authoritative position because it validated the rites of the Jerusalem Temple. In first millennium BCE Egyptian, Jewish and Greek cultures, old texts were used to authorize and validate ritual practices. From such usage grew the idea of the religious authority of ritual texts. When one such text, the Torah, included legal and narrative materials as well as ritual instructions, its ...


Commitment In The Hebrew Bible: Moses, Elijah And Jeremiah, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil. Dec 1986

Commitment In The Hebrew Bible: Moses, Elijah And Jeremiah, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil.

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

The biblical heritage has much to offer regarding the concept of religious commitment. The reflections in this article show how this religious commitment involves a response to God and a responsibility to the community in which the person lives.


Peacemaking In The New Testament Period, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil. Dec 1985

Peacemaking In The New Testament Period, Lawrence E. Frizzell D.Phil.

Reverend Lawrence E. Frizzell, S.T.L., S.S.L., D.Phil.

This essay sketches the priciples that the major movements (Sadducees, Pharisees and Essenes) among the Jewish people in the Holy Land developed for maintaining fidelity to God and love of neighbor.

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The Pharisees And The Teacher Of Nazareth, Asher Finkel Dec 1973

The Pharisees And The Teacher Of Nazareth, Asher Finkel

Rabbi Asher Finkel, Ph.D.

This work compares and contrasts the teachings of the Pharasaic order and the teachings of Jesus within the Sitz im Leben of first century Judea.