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From Temple to Tent: The Cultic World of Diaspora Israelites (Exodus 24:15—Numbers 10:28)

Hart, Sarah Lethbridge (2012) From Temple to Tent: The Cultic World of Diaspora Israelites (Exodus 24:15—Numbers 10:28). Doctor of Theology thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

The complex of tabernacle tent and courtyard is an imaginary Israelite cultic world, not something that actually existed. Repetition and detail allow receivers of the text to intimately know the geography of the cultic complex. Readers are invited to journey through the entrance gate of the court precincts, past the altar, into the sacred space of the tent. All the senses are engaged on the journey to the interior of the tent where an atmosphere of holiness pervades.
The thesis argues that the text was written by an Israelite writing circle in Babylonia far away from Jerusalem to take the place of an actual temple. The tabernacle tent of words takes the place of the Jerusalem temple of stone. The portable tent of meeting is indestructible, can be carried anywhere in the world and lives on into the future for as long as the text is embodied in people.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Theology)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Pentateuch, Priestly writing, tent of meeting, mimetic, tabernacle, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Israelite Cult, Altar, Ark, writing circle
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220404 Jewish Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950499 Religion and Ethics not elsewhere classified
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Old Testament
College/Association with University of Divinity: UFT-JTC: United Faculty of Theology - Jesuit Theological College
Depositing User: Cate Headey
Date Deposited: 16 May 2012 03:27
Last Modified: 20 May 2016 00:41
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1082

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