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Identitätsstiftende Begegnung: Die theologische Deutung des regelmäßigen Kultes Israels in der Tora
Ederer, Matthias

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018 pp. xvi + 609. $216.00

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Forschungen zum Alten Testament, 121

Description: Within the Torah's cultic texts, the instructions to carry out communal ritual acts are of major importance. Matthias Ederer's minute examination of these ' Tamid texts' shows that though they appear to be set out as regulations, they barely address the how and what of performance and instead develop detailed theological interpretations. All that the regular cultic acts dealt with in the Torah have in common is that they outline and commemorate – by initiating a periodical interaction between Israel and YHWH and vice versa – what Israel is, or ought to be, before YHWH. The texts are shaped as a reservoir of a theologically founded identity of Israel, which is presented in a regular rhythm at the centre of Israel, the Temple, and thus creates a specific time of Israel.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Israel, History of Judaism, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Martin Nitsche
Published 12/5/2019
Citation: Martin Nitsche, review of Matthias Ederer, Identitätsstiftende Begegnung: Die theologische Deutung des regelmäßigen Kultes Israels in der Tora, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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