Category Archives: Ancient Israel

Leuchter-identity and religion

I bought Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity because I am on a quest to understand the priesthood, particularly in regard to how the community that produced the P (Priestly) portions of the Pentateuch lived. We … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the wise men of the second temple

Mark Leuchter in The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity comes to a final chapter about the way the Levites developed in the period after Ezra. Remember that he has traced the Levites through several roles. He thinks the … Continue reading

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Peterson, Leuchter and me in the middle

Over the last few days I have redone my desktop setup. I replaced my huge, noisy old tower with a four-inch by four-inch box. It is totally silent. What a difference a few years makes in technology! Now that I’m … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the Persian period

I am forging ahead with my reading of Mark Leuchter’s The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity. There are three options about the history of the Levites after the Babylonian exile. The first is to take at face value … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the penknife and the sunken book

I apologize for interrupting the series on Leuchter’s book in the middle of a discussion of Jeremiah. The election last Tuesday had been my focus. When it was over, I woke up to the fact that I had places to … Continue reading

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Leuchter-the punctuation mark that isn’t there

One of the things I try to keep in mind when reading the Bible in English translation is that it will include much that is not there in the Hebrew or Greek. This includes punctuation. And yet I had long … Continue reading

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Leuchter-Levites at the gate

In The Levites and the Boundaries of Israelite Identity Mark Leuchter deals with Deuteronomy as a text composed retrospectively in about -622. The story about the discovery of the scroll in the Temple is fiction. What really happened is that … Continue reading

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