Persian period; Pentateuch; Leviticus; Centralization; Spatiality
Rhyder Julia (2017), ‘The Temple which You Will Build For Me in the Land’: The Future Sanctuary in a Textual Tradition of Leviticus, in Dead Sea Discoveries
, 24(2), 271-300.
Nihan Christophe (2016), Cult Centralization and the Torah Traditions in Chronicles, in Markl Dominik (ed.), 253-288.
Rhyder Julia (2015), Holiness Language in 2 Kgs 23? A Note on a Recent Proposal, in Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
, 127(3), 497-501.
Rhyder Julia, Nihan Christophe, Aaron’s Vestments in Exodus 28 and Priestly Leadership, in Pyschny Katharina, Schulz Sarah (ed.), de Gruyter, New York.
Rhyder Julia, Ritual Text and Ritual Practice: Some Remarks on Extra-Sanctuary Slaughter in Leviticus, in Michel Patrick (ed.).
Rhyder Julia, Space and Memory in the Book of Leviticus, in Klutz Todd, Strine Casey (ed.), T&T Clark, London.
Nihan Christophe, Rhyder Julia (ed.), Text and Ritual in the Pentateuch: A Systematic and Comparative Approach
Rhyder Julia, The Reception of Ritual Laws in the Early Second Temple Period: The Evidence of Ezra-Nehemiah and Chronicles, in Nihan Christophe, Rhyder Julia (ed.).
Recent scholarship on the Holiness legislation (H) has made a case for regarding this legislation as a composition from the Persian period, which supplements both Priestly and non-Priestly pentateuchal traditions. In addition, recent studies of centrality in the Pentateuch have challenged some of the classical assumptions for construing the relationship between central and local sanctuaries in the Persian period, such as especially (a) the notion of a linear development from local sanctuaries to cultic centralization, and (b) the equation of cultic centralization with a single sanctuary. Based on these developments, the present research will explore H’s relation to cultic centralization against the background of the Persian period. In particular, the research will address the following issues: (1) H’s view of centrality in relation with other pentateuchal traditions pertaining to cultic centralization; (2) the construction of social space in H and its significance for cultic centralization in that legislation; (3) the relation between ritual standardization and cultic centralization in H; and (4) the relation between cultic centralization in H and in H materials outside of Lev 17-26. As such, this research offers significant perspectives for the study of the formation of the Pentateuch in the Persian period, as well as more broadly the social history of that period.