Desert transformations : studies in the Book of Numbers / Christian Frevel.

Frevel, Christian, 1962- author.
Tübingen, Germany : Mohr Siebeck, [2020]
Forschungen zum Alten Testament ; 137.
Forschungen zum Alten Testament ; 137
viii, 587 pages ; 24 cm.
Bible. Numbers -- Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Bible. Numbers.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
"Christian Frevel brings the Book of Numbers' regularly misunderstood interplay between narrative and legislative material into a new light, examining its texts equally as inner-biblical interpretations and tradition-bound innovations. The studies of this volume reveal the thematic diversity of the book against a backdrop of its literary emergence within the Penta- and Hexateuch." --provided by publisher, book jacket back cover.
Torah becoming a blessing: narratological impulses for understanding the book of Numbers
The compositional relief of Numbers within the Five Books of the Torah
Old pieces, late bridges?: the role of the book of Numbers in recent discussion of the Pentateuch
Understanding the Pentateuch by structuring the desert: Num 21 as compositional joint
Living in the midst of the land: issues of centralization in the book of Numbers
Are there any reasons why Balaam had to die?: prophecy, pseudo-prophecy and sorcery in Numbers
Numbers and the Twelve
The “Arab connection” in the book of Numbers
Purity conceptions in the book of Numbers in context
Struggling with the vitality of corpses: understanding the rationale of the ritual in Numbers 19
On the imperfection of perfection: remarks on the anthropology of rituals in Numbers
The texture of rituals in the book of Numbers: a fresh approach to ritual density, the role of tradition and the emergence of diversity in early Judaism
The Sabbath and the wood-gatherer: legal hermeneutics and literary history in Num 15:32-36
Interior furnishing: some observations on endogamy in the book of Numbers
The transformation of charisma: reflections on the book of Numbers on the backdrop of Max Weber’s theorem of routinization
Leadership and conflict: modelling the charisma of Numbers
“My covenant with him was life and peace”: the priestly covenant and the issue of mixed marriages
“And when Moses heard that, he agreed” (Lev 10:20): the relationship between compositional history, the history of theology and inner-biblical exegesis in Leviticus 10
“…and the Levites shall be mine”: remarks on the connections between Numbers 3; 8 and 18
Ending with the high priest: the hierarchy of priests and Levites in the book of Numbers.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 515-558) and indexes.
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