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MacDonald, Nathan

Priestly Rule

Polemic and Biblical Interpretation in Ezekiel 44

Series:Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 476

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    July 2015
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    Aims and Scope

    Whilst prophetic oracles in late prophetic books evidence tensions about the Jerusalem temple and its priesthood, MacDonald demonstrates that the relationships between prophetic oracles have been incorrectly appraised. Employing an interpretative method attentive to issues of redaction and inner-biblical interpretation, MacDonald show that Ezekiel 44 is a polemical response to Isaiah 56, and not the reverse as is typically assumed. This has significant consequences for the dating of Ezekiel 44 and for its relationship to other biblical texts, especially Pentateuchal texts from Leviticus and Numbers. Since Ezekiel 44 has been a crucial chapter in understanding the historical development of the priesthood, MacDonald's arguments affect our understanding of the origins of the distinction between Levites and priests, and the claims that a Zadokite priestly sept dominated the Second Temple hierarchy.


    viii, 172 pages
    Type of Publication:
    Priesthood; Religious Polemic; Zadokites

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    Nathan MacDonald, University of Cambridge and St John's College, Cambridge, United Kingdom.


    "Without a doubt, Priestly Rule by Nathan MacDonald will be a valuable contribution, especially to studies on the Second Temple Period, the priesthood, Zadok, and interpretation of various portions of biblical literature."
    William Brown in: The Biblical Review (December 2015)

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