Divine Presence and Community: A Commentary on the Book of Leviticus

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997 - Religion - 163 pages
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"This commentary by Frank Gorman shows how Leviticus, though focusing largely on matters associated with the Levitical priesthood, is also important to laypeople. Gorman addressed the question of Israelite identity and what it means to be the people of God. Through a careful application of exegesis and exposition, he shows that Leviticus is, foremost, a call to holiness, a weaving together of ritual and ethical issues to provide the community with a means for enacting and actualizing the covenant relationship."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  

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Contents

THE SACRIFICES AND OFFERINGS 17
21
ORDINATION FOUNDING AND TRAGEDY 810
54
INSTRUCTIONS ON PURITY 1116
68
THE HOLINESS CODE 1726
100
ECONOMICS OF THE SANCTUARY 27
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Selected Bibliography
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Page vii - Christians persons who affirm the witness of the New Testament concerning Jesus Christ. For Christians, the Bible is one scripture containing the Old and New Testaments. For this reason, a commentary on the Old Testament may not ignore the second part of the canon, namely, the New Testament. Since its beginning, the Church has recognized a special relationship between the two Testaments. But the precise character of this bond has been difficult to define. Thousands of books and articles have...
Page ix - God, the authors of the Old Testament knew what life is like on the edge of existence. They addressed themselves to everyday people who often faced more than everyday problems. Refusing to limit God to the "spiritual," they portrayed him as one who heard and knew the cries of people in pain (see Exod.
Page viii - Scriptures, the biblical interpreter must take care lest he "christianize" these Scriptures. Authors writing in this commentary will, no doubt, hold varied views concerning how the Old Testament relates to the New. No attempt has been made to dictate one viewpoint in this matter. With the whole Church, we are convinced that the relationship between the two Testaments is real and substantial. But we recognize also the diversity of opinions among Christian scholars when they attempt to articulate fully...
Page vii - This commentary series is written by front-rank scholars who treasure the life of faith. Addressed to ministers and Christian educators, the International Theological Commentary moves beyond the usual critical-historical approach to the Bible and offers a theological interpretation of the Hebrew text. Thus, engaging larger textual units of the biblical writings, the authors of these volumes assist the reader in the appreciation of the theology underlying the text as well as its place in the thought...
Page viii - Church is not of one mind in expressing the "how" of this relationship. The authors of this commentary share a developing consensus that any serious explanation of the Old Testament's relationship to the New will uphold the integrity of the Old Testament. Even though Christianity is rooted in the soil of the Hebrew Scriptures, the biblical interpreter must take care lest he "christianize
Page ix - By the end of this century, Christians in these areas will outnumber those who live in the West. In our age, especially, a commentary on the Bible must transcend the parochialism of Western civilization and be sensitive to issues that are the special problems of persons who live outside of the "Christian...
Page ix - ... context of firstcentury Judaism. Further, Jesus himself was Jewish, as were the first Christians. It is to be expected, therefore, that Jewish and Christian interpretations of the Hebrew Bible will reveal similarities and disparities. Such is the case. The authors of the International Theological Commentary will refer to the various Jewish traditions that they consider important for an appreciation of the Old Testament text. Such references will enrich our understanding of certain biblical passages...
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Page vii - ... to ministers and Christian educators, the International Theological Commentary moves beyond the usual criticalhistorical approach to the Bible and offers a theological interpretation of the Hebrew text. The authors of these volumes, therefore, engaging larger textual units of the biblical writings, assist the reader in the appreciation of the theology underlying the text as well as its place in the thought of the Hebrew Scriptures. But more, since the Bible is the book of the believing community,...
Page vii - Arising out of changing, unsettled times, this Scripture speaks with an authentic voice to our own troubled world. It witnesses to God's ongoing purpose and to his caring presence in the universe without ignoring those experiences of life that cause one to question his existence and love. This commentary series is written by front-rank scholars who treasure the life of faith.

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