By Wesley J. Bergen
A shiny, clean method of Leviticus, connecting its surprising international of animal sacrifice to the standard in our lives and utilizing ritual idea, pop culture and African theology in its dialogue. This publication attracts on numerous disciplines to adopt a distinct research of Leviticus 1-7. instead of learning the rituals prescribed in Leviticus as arcane historical/theological texts of little curiosity to the trendy reader, or as examples of primitive rituals that experience no parallel in Western society, this e-book presents many issues of touch among animal sacrifice rituals and diverse elements of postmodern society. sleek rituals reminiscent of Monday evening soccer, consuming quick foodstuff, sending little kids off to warfare, or even the rituals of contemporary academia are contrasted with the textual content of Leviticus. furthermore, responses to Leviticus between sleek African Christians and within the early church are used to attract out additional understandings of ways the language and perform of sacrifice nonetheless shapes the lives of individuals. This examine takes a consciously Christian standpoint on Leviticus. Leviticus is believed to be an ongoing a part of the Christian Bible. the standard Christian reaction to Leviticus is to disregard it or to say that every one sacrifice has now been outdated by way of the sacrifice of Jesus. This examine refutes these simplistic assertions, and makes an attempt to reassert where of Leviticus as a resource for Christian self-understanding. this is often quantity 417 of magazine for the learn of the previous testomony complement sequence and quantity nine of enjoying the Texts.
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This suggests that, when the text transforms animal sacrifice into textual performance, the existence of the text argues against the truth of its own statements. ) pleased by the reading of a text about animal sacrifice. Thus the existence of the text suggests that people are not to believe the words of the text. The relationship between what texts tell us to believe and what they really expect us to believe can be illustrated by using the example of Monday Night Football. Specifically, it is the advertisements that are broadcast during Monday Night Football that might help in this search.
Waste is evil because it is bad economics. In Leviticus, waste is a sign of great good. The whole burnt offering is wasted. In other offerings, the fat is wasted (Lev. ). 23). All of this 'waste' must have meaning beyond the economic because it does not have obvious economic utility. This does not mean that is has no economic value at all. 3 directly links the following of the law with future economic advantage. The difference is that link between the act of sacrifice and economic reward is through the agency of Yahweh.
The general norms for watching Monday Night Football are part of the sensus communus of American culture, and most Americans share the understanding that this is a malecentered event. Football itself is traditionally a man's game. While women have long histories of involvement in baseball, hockey, basketball, and most other major American sports, there is little parallel in women's football. There are two women's pro football leagues listed on the internet, but little attention is paid to these leagues in the mainstream media.
Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (JSOT Supplement) by Wesley J. Bergen