A Royal Priesthood Literary and Intertextual Perspectives on an Image of Israel in Exodus 19.6

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  • Copyright: 2004-06-22
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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This book examines the portrayal of Israel as a royal-priestly nation within Exodus and against the background of biblical and ancient Near Eastern thought. Central to the work is a literary study of Exodus 19:4-6 and a demonstration of the pivotal role these verses and their main image have within Exodus. This elective and honorific designation of Yahweh's cherished people has a particular focus on the privilege of access to him in his heavenly temple. The paradigm of the royal grant of privileged status has profound implications for our understanding of the Sinai covenant.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Old and new in literary criticism : methodologies in the interpretation of Exodus 19.6p. 17
The royal priesthood in its immediate context : Exodus 19.1-8p. 32
The grant of royal priesthood of Israel : Exodus 19.6p. 61
The royal priesthood in the Exodus narrative framework : Exodus 1.1 to 24.11p. 103
Modelling the royal priesthood : the cultic model of Exodus 24.12 to 40.38p. 138
The Sinai covenant as grant of royal priesthoodp. 170
The testing of the royal priesthood : Numbers 16p. 189
The royal priesthood in Jeopardy : Hosea 4.4-9p. 199
Reassurance of royal priesthood : two intertextual studiesp. 204
The prospect of the royal priesthood : Isaiah 61.6p. 212
The pinnacle of royal priesthood - access to the heavenly court : Zechariah 3p. 218
Conclusionp. 238
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