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In the wilderness : the doctrine of defilement in the Book of Numbers

Author: Mary Douglas
Publisher: Sheffield, Eng. : JSOT Press, ©1993.
Series: Journal for the study of the Old Testament., Supplement series ;, 158.
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Douglas, Mary.
In the wilderness.
Sheffield, Eng. : JSOT Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)608929906
Online version:
Douglas, Mary.
In the wilderness.
Sheffield, Eng. : JSOT Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)624346492
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Mary Douglas
ISBN: 1850754446 9781850754442
OCLC Number: 29457399
Description: 259 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm.
Contents: I. The book of Numbers in the context of comparative religion --
1. Defilement --
2. The intellectualist bias --
3. Images, magic and monotheism --
4. The history --
II. The politics of enclaves --
1. A cultural typology 2. The enclave repeater mechanism --
3. The fears of the enclave --
4. Standard solutions --
5. Moses as leader of an enclave --
6. conclusion --
III. A priestly hierarchy --
1. Anti-hierarchical bias --
2. Hierarchical principles --
3. Contrapuntal institutions --
4. Contrapuntal thinking --
5. Hierarchy's self-celebration --
6. Kings and leaders in the Bible --
IV. The question of literary form --
1. problems with the unity of numbers --
2. Antique learning 3. Myth's spatial framework --
4. Number's commentary on Genesis --
V. Twelve sections in the overall pattern --
1. identifying the units of structure --
2. Hebrew poetic structure --
3. Exceptions to the rule --
4. Beginnings and endings --
5. Matching the paired sections --
6. Numbers in a ring --
VI. The people of Israel numbered --
1. Prologue --
2. Three rebellions --
3. The rod of Aaron --
4. Marking the quarters --
5. Political implications --
VII. The laws --
1. The law sections --
2. Purification --
3. Other systems of defilement --
4. Inadvertency --
VIII. Israel, the mystic bridge --
1. The laws for women --
2. The unfaithful wife --
3. The water of purification --
4. Israel's cup --
5. In the days of her youth --
VIIII. Twelve tribes in marching order --
1. Inclusion and exclusion --
2. The twelve tribes --
3. The sons of Levi --
4. The hierarchical vision --
X. Jacob's prophecies: two story rungs --
1. First story rung --
2. Second story rung --
3. The crises --
4. Reuben, Simeon and Levi --
XI. Israel defiled, Miriam and her brothers --
1. Miriam --
2. Sister of Moses, queen of heaven --
3. Simeon and Levi --
4. Jacob and Esau --
5. Flesh half-consumed --
XII. Balaam and Balak, a political satire --
1. The story --
2. Balaam's prophecies --
3. Ezra/Nehemiah in factional perspective --
4. Eliashib's point of view --
XIII. The land and the jubilee --
1. The men of Manasseh --
2. The jubilee --
3. Peoples of the land --
4. Nehemiah's limited jubilee --
5. The inheritance of the people of Israel --
6. The wilderness.
Series Title: Journal for the study of the Old Testament., Supplement series ;, 158.
Other Titles: Doctrine of defilement in the Book of Numbers
Defilement in the Book of Numbers
Responsibility: Mary Douglas.

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