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Permutations of Sovereignty in the Priestly Tradition

Brett, Mark G. (2013) Permutations of Sovereignty in the Priestly Tradition. Vetus Testamentum, 63. pp. 382-392. ISSN 0042-4935

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Abstract

According to P and H, Israelites can in some respects be seen as "sojourners" (גרים) not just in foreign lands but also in the land given to Abraham's seed. As one would expect, Israelites are also viewed as citizens in their own land, yet ironically this is affirmed in H passages such as Lev. 24:22 and Exod. 12:49 which call for equality between natives and immigrants. The paper suggests that P and H are engaged in a debate with the Deuteronomistic traditions about the significance of political sovereignty and citizenship. The priestly writers mimic imperial symbolism and imply that the "many nations" descended from Abraham (Gen. 17:4), and the "assembly of nations" descended from Jacob-Israel (Gen. 35:11), would embody an imperial rather than national sovereignty.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Israelites, Sovereignty, Priestly Tradition
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: B - Biblical Studies, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: Whitley College
Depositing User: Dr Suman Kashyap
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 00:36
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2014 03:20
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1670

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