Kamionkowski, S. Tamar
Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2018 pp. lxiii + 336. $39.95
Wisdom Commentary, 3
Description: The book of Leviticus provides two different theologies related to God’s presence within ancient Israel. Leviticus 1–16 was written by an elite caste of priests (P), and Leviticus 17–26 (H) was added to the book to “democratize” access to God. While the Priestly work has hardly inspired lay readers, the Holiness Writings provide some of the most inspiring and well-known verses from the Bible.
This volume shows how gender dynamics shift between the static worldview of P and the dynamic approach of H and that, ironically, as holiness expands from the priests to the people, from the temple to the land of Israel, gender behaviors become more highly regulated. This complicates associations between power and gender dynamics and opens the door to questions about the relationships between power, gender, and theological perspectives.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Leviticus, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches
Review by Sarah Shectman
Citation: Sarah Shectman, review of S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Leviticus, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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