Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

People and Land in the Holiness Code: An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26

Academic journal article Journal of Biblical Literature

People and Land in the Holiness Code: An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26

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People and Land in the Holiness Code: An Exegetical Study of the Ideational Framework of the Law in Leviticus 17-26, by Jan Joosten. VTSup 67. Leiden/New York/Cologne: Brill, 1996. Pp. xiv + 221. $87.25.

This volume, a revision of Joosten's dissertation completed at the Faculty of Protestant Theology in Brussels, investigates the "ideational frame" of the Holiness Code (Leviticus 17-26). Joosten suggests that this "frame" can be uncovered by identifying "who is speaking (or writing) to whom, under what circumstances and with which presuppositions." The discourse of the Holiness Code (hereafter "H") thus illuminates its "conceptual universe," which in turn allows for historical reconstruction of the text's social matrix. Joosten focuses on the people and the land as they are presented in H.

Chapter 1 reviews the history of research on H. There remains little scholarly consensus as to the integrity of H, its composition, date, or author. Joosten argues for H's integrity as a distinct corpus because: (a) like other biblical law codes, it opens with prescriptions concerning sacrifice; (b) it closes with blessings and curses; and (c) parenetic elements are in evidence throughout.

Chapter 2 tackles the question, What is the Holiness Code? …

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