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The Resource A kingdom of priests : ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism, Martha Himmelfarb

A kingdom of priests : ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism, Martha Himmelfarb

Label
A kingdom of priests : ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism
Title
A kingdom of priests
Title remainder
ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism
Statement of responsibility
Martha Himmelfarb
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "According to the account in the Book of Exodus, God addresses the children of Israel as they stand before Mt. Sinai with the words, "You shall be to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation" (19:6). The sentence, Martha Himmelfarb observes, is paradoxical, for priests are by definition a minority, yet the meaning in context is clear: the entire people is holy. The words also to point to some significant tensions in the biblical understanding of the people of Israel. If the entire people is holy, why does it need priests? If membership in both people and priesthood is a matter not of merit but of birth, how can either the people or its priests hope to be holy? How can one reconcile the distance between the honor due the priest and the actual behavior of some who filled the role? What can the people do to make itself truly a kingdom of priests?"
  • "Himmelfarb argues that these questions become central in Second Temple Judaism. She considers a range of texts from this period, including the Book of Watchers, the Book of Jubilees, legal documents from the Dead Sea Scrolls, the writings of Philo of Alexandria, and the Book of Revelation of the New Testament, and goes on to explore rabbinic Judaism's emphasis on descent as the primary criterion for inclusion among the chosen people of Israel - a position, she contends, that took on new force in reaction to early Christian disparagement of the idea that mere descent from Abraham was sufficient for salvation."--Jacket
Member of
Cataloging source
E7B
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1952-
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Himmelfarb, Martha
Index
index present
Language note
In English
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Series statement
Jewish Culture and Contexts
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  • Priests, Jewish
  • Holiness
  • Judaism
  • Apocryphal books
  • RELIGION
  • Apocryphal books
  • Judaism
  • Priests, Jewish
  • Priesterschap
  • Joden
  • Priester
  • Identität
  • Judentum
  • Priester
  • Heiligkeit
Label
A kingdom of priests : ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism, Martha Himmelfarb
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-254) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Priest and scribe : ancestry and professional skill in the Book of the watchers, the wisdom of Ben Sira, and Aramaic Levi -- 2. Jubilees' kingdom of priests -- 3. Priesthood and purity laws : the Temple scroll and the Damascus Document -- 4. Priesthood and sectarianism : the Rule of the community, the Damascus Document, and the book of Revelation -- 5. Priesthood and allegory : Philo and Alexandrian Judaism -- 6. "The children of Abraham your friend" : the end of priesthood, the rise of Christianity, and the neutralization of Jewish sectarianism
Control code
ocn859160793
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (270 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812202274
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812202274
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gs6v
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859160793
Label
A kingdom of priests : ancestry and merit in ancient Judaism, Martha Himmelfarb
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-254) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. Priest and scribe : ancestry and professional skill in the Book of the watchers, the wisdom of Ben Sira, and Aramaic Levi -- 2. Jubilees' kingdom of priests -- 3. Priesthood and purity laws : the Temple scroll and the Damascus Document -- 4. Priesthood and sectarianism : the Rule of the community, the Damascus Document, and the book of Revelation -- 5. Priesthood and allegory : Philo and Alexandrian Judaism -- 6. "The children of Abraham your friend" : the end of priesthood, the rise of Christianity, and the neutralization of Jewish sectarianism
Control code
ocn859160793
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (270 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780812202274
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.9783/9780812202274
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt35gs6v
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)859160793

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