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Author Gane, Roy, 1955-

Title Cult and character : purification offerings, Day of Atonement, and theodicy / Roy E. Gane
Published Winona Lake, Ind. : Eisenbrauns, 2005


Description 1 online resource (xxi, 394 pages) : illustrations
Contents The locus of ritual meaning -- The system of tajf rituals -- Outer-altar purification offerings -- Outer-sanctum purification offerings -- Purification-offering flesh : prebend or expiation -- Purification offering : purgation of sanctuary or offerer? -- Pollution of the sanctuary : aerial or only by direct contact? -- Blood or ash water : detergent, metaphorical carrier agent, or means of passage? -- The scope of expiability -- Inner-sanctum purification offerings -- The purification ritual of Azazel's goat -- Two major phases of ritual -- Trajectories of evils -- Divine justice and the cost of kindness -- Divine presence and theodicy -- Loyalty and royalty in Hebrew narrative -- Yearly accountability in Mesopotamian cult
Summary Through the swirling smoke of Aaron's incense, and of scholarly theories, the present volume steps toward the meaning enacted on "the Day of Purgation," commonly known as Yom Kippur or "the Day of Atonement." By treating moral evil both as relational/legal breach and as pollution, the Israelite system of "purification offerings" = so-called "sin offerings" addresses both the standing and state of YHWH's people. This system shows the way not only to freedom from condemnation but also to healing of character, which is defined in terms of loyalty to YHWH. Freedom and healing come together on the Day of Purgation, when purification rituals benefit those who show themselves loyal to YHWH by affirming the freedom from condemnation that they have previously received. The effects of purification rituals on YHWH's sanctuary and community profile harmony between justice and kindness in the character of YHWH as he deals with imperfect people of various kinds of character by pardoning and clearing the loyal but condemning the disloyal. Thus, Gane ultimately affirms Milgrom's seminal insight that theodicy is foundational to the Israelite expiatory system. Gane's conclusions are derived from exegetical study of Hebrew ritual texts, informed by controls to ritual analysis developed in the course of prior research through critical examination of existing ritual theories and by adapting a systems theory approach to human activity systems
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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SUBJECT Bible. Leviticus -- Criticism, interpretation, etc
Bible. Leviticus fast
Subject Purity, Ritual -- Judaism.
Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur.
RELIGION -- Judaism -- Rituals & Practice.
Purity, Ritual -- Judaism
Yom Kippur
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005009783
ISBN 9781575065588