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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)483-499
Number of pages17
JournalHebrew Bible and Ancient Israel
Issue number4
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 10 Apr 2019

Bibliographical note

the official publication of the essay is Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel vol 7, issue 4 (2018), and it was actually published in April 2019


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In this article I study the ordination rituals for Priests and Levites contained
in the Hebrew Bible acknowledging the different purposes which the rituals themselves
present (sanctification for priests, purification for Levites). Noting the absence
of a priestly purification ritual where procedures at the temple suggest that they
some such ritual must have existed, it is suggested here, that the Levitical ordination
ritual has its origin as a priestly purification ritual, but has now been reused in
its current function to indicate the new lower status of the Levites when compared
to the priests.

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