Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)

Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) by Wesley J. Bergen, Andrew Mein, Claudia V. Camp

Title: Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies)
Author: Wesley J. Bergen, Andrew Mein, Claudia V. Camp
ISBN10: 056704081X
ISBN13: 978-0567040817
Publisher: T&T Clark; 1 edition (May 15, 2005)
Language: English
Subcategory: Bible Study & Reference
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Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (The Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies) by Wesley J. Bergen, Andrew Mein, Claudia V. Camp


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This book draws on a variety of disciplines to undertake a unique analysis of Leviticus 1-7. Rather than studying the rituals prescribed in Leviticus as arcane historical/theological texts of little interest to the modern reader, or as examples of primitive rituals that have no parallel in Western society, this book provides many points of contact between animal sacrifice rituals and various parts of post-modern society. Modern rituals such as Monday Night Football, eating fast food, sending sons and daughters off to war, and even the rituals of modern academia are contrasted with the text of Leviticus. In addition, responses to Leviticus among modern African Christians and in the early church are used to draw out further understandings of how the language and practice of sacrifice still shapes the lives of people.

This study takes a consciously Christian perspective on Leviticus. Leviticus is assumed to be an ongoing part of the Christian Bible. The usual Christian response to Leviticus is to ignore it or to claim that all sacrifice has now been superseded by the sacrifice of Jesus. This study refutes those simplistic assertions, and attempts to reassert the place of Leviticus as a source for Christian self-understanding.

This is volume 417 of JSOTS and volume 9 of Playing the Texts.