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Unformatted text preview: Old Testament 11 Ellen Davis Friday, September 19, 2008 2 parts today: 1 is the sacrificial laws of Leviticus and their relation to the relation of blood and covenant. 2 nd part: Chad and Ellen Davis Part 1: Leviticus: Animal sacrifice. The first time she really understood the difficulty was when she was in the Sudan, and was in front of a people who knows about animal sacrifice from their own traditions. Her point is that her Sudanese students knew what she was calling in the last lecture the language of the sacrificial cult. They could understand what it meant even if they no longer chose to use that system. It gave her humility to understand that she was the one with the least understanding to understand how the language of Leviticus works. Yet she depends upon a theological understanding to understand the efficacy of blood covering sins. An interesting difference between Christiantiy and Judaeism: which elements, to which elements do we assign a central significance in our own systems? To Jews it is the purity rituals. Keeping kosher being ht emost obvious example. For Christians, it is the blood symbolism that is the most universal among us for symbolizing the cleansing to holiness, wholeness, salvation. Yom Kippor: what do they do on Yom Kippor? Post-Biblical Judeaism has no remanent or ritual or theological remanent of the sacrificial practice. The day of atonement it has the same name but a completely different observance. Its theological base is theologically different than the theological base of Leviticus. We tend to think, we, being both Jews and Christians in industrial cultures, we tend to think that ritual sacrifice is morally problematic and physically gross. She thinks that the priestly tradition Page 1 of 8 September 19, 2008 would feel the same way about the meat counter at Krogers: materially gross and morally problematic. The issue of making distinction between what is profane and what is holy. Slaughtering : a priestly thing on the holy side. Done with an extreme sense of Gods holy presence. Chp 17:6: And the priests shall throw the blood on the wall and turn the fat portion into smoke for a savory odor to the Lord. An image that invokes our sensory connection with God. 17:7 And they shall not sacrifice their sacrifices any more to goat gods after whom they have been whoring. It is an eternal statute it shall be to them for all their generations. Again, invokes how our bodies are used in worship. After whom we have been whoring....
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course OT 11 taught by Professor Ellendavis during the Fall '08 term at Duke.
- Fall '08