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Priests and Cults in the Book of the Twelve
Tiemeyer, Lena-Sofia, editor

Atlanta: SBL Press, 2016 pp. x + 257. $39.95

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Ancient Near Eastern Monographs, 14

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Description: This book discusses the depictions of the cult and its personnel in the twelve prophetic books commonly referred to as the Book of the Twelve or the Minor Prophets. The articles in the volume explore the following questions: How did these prophetic writers envision the priests and the Levites? What did they think about the ritual aspects of ancient Israelite faith, including not only the official temple cult in Jerusalem but also cultic expressions outside the capital? What, in their views, characterized a faithful priest and what should the relationship be between his cultic performance and the ways in which he lived his life? How does the message of each individual author fit in with the wider Israelite traditions? Finally, who were these prophetic authors, in which historical contexts did they live and work, and what stylistic tools did they use to communicate their message?

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Book of the Twelve, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Religions, Literary Approaches

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Review by James M. Bos
Published 2/22/2018
Citation: James M. Bos, review of Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer, ed., Priests and Cults in the Book of the Twelve, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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