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Published: 27 July 2017

320 Pages


ISBN: 9780190665098

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The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity

Mark Leuchter

  • Proposes a far more specific set of circumstances for the origins of Israel's major mythic tradition, that of the Exodus
  • Offers detailed and clear model for how the major priestly houses arose in ancient Israel
  • Clarifies the distinctions between "priests" and "Levites"
  • Proposes a completely new model for how YHWH became the god of Israel
  • Examines how myth/mythological motifs were recycled and repackaged in the face of historical changes
  • Sheds light on how/why textuality eventually became a new myth of identity in Israelite religion/early Judaism