Jacobs Tears: The Priestly Work Of Reconciliation

Paperback | November 30, 2006

byMary Douglas

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Who is Israel? Who were the priestly authors of the Pentateuch? This anthropological reading of the Bible, by a world-renowned scholar, starts by asking why the Book of Numbers lists the twelve tribes of Israel seven times. Mary Douglas argues that the editors, far from being a separate eliteunconcerned with their congregation's troubles, cherished a political agenda, a religious protest against the government of Judah's exclusionary policies. The priestly theology depends on God's Covenant with all the descendants of Jacob, including the sons of Joseph. It would have been unpatriotic,even subversive, to speak against the wars with Samaria. This book suggest an explanation of the editors' disappearance from the history of Israel.

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Who is Israel? Who were the priestly authors of the Pentateuch? This anthropological reading of the Bible, by a world-renowned scholar, starts by asking why the Book of Numbers lists the twelve tribes of Israel seven times. Mary Douglas argues that the editors, far from being a separate eliteunconcerned with their congregation's troubl...

Mary Douglas is Emerita Professor of Anthropology at University College London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:218 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:November 30, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. The Legacy of Jacob's Sons1. Counting Jacob's twelve sons2. Jacob weeping for JosephII. Who Is `All Israel'?3. Ezra redefines all Israel as Judah4. Balaam delivers God's blessings on all IsraelIII. Before and After Exile: The Gap in Learning5. Problems in reading the priestly books6. The body/house cosmogramIV. Magic and Monotheism7. Uncleanness and taboo draw the lines of the world8. One God, no ancestors, in a world renewed

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`Review from previous edition Mary Douglas ... is the most celebrated British anthropologist in the past half-century, and Jacob's Tears demonstrates why she remains so.'Christopher Howse, The Tablet