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Priestly Power that Empowers


Michel Foucault, Middle-Tier Levites, and the Sociology of ‘Popular Religious Groups’ in Israel


Christian analyzes priestly social dynamics in-depth as they develop through tribal history and specialization of tasks. He focuses on middle-tier Levites as their skills and specialized knowledge place them in upper classes but their work relegates them as intermediaries.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
Availability: In stock
SKU (ISBN): 978-1-4632-0131-9
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 1084
Publication Date: Mar 14,2012
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 91
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0131-9
$51.00

Drawing from Foucault, Christian develops a sociological premise to evaluate the social dynamics of priesthood in the Hebrew Bible. Examples from text in Deuteronomy 17, Numbers 26-27, and Jeremiah 27-28 provide redactions by middle-tier Levites who expressed their minority views. Over time, the middle-tier Levites even contextualize their commissioned writing with aspects of popular religion. In Part 1, a thorough historical understanding of redactions is divided between the origins of Deuteronomism, discussing whether Deuteronomism was practiced as a school, and its influence in pre-exilic Israel. Part 2 discusses the distribution of power between the sovereign/legal source and teachers, and the subsequent practice of Levites’ authority to interpret law.

Drawing from Foucault, Christian develops a sociological premise to evaluate the social dynamics of priesthood in the Hebrew Bible. Examples from text in Deuteronomy 17, Numbers 26-27, and Jeremiah 27-28 provide redactions by middle-tier Levites who expressed their minority views. Over time, the middle-tier Levites even contextualize their commissioned writing with aspects of popular religion. In Part 1, a thorough historical understanding of redactions is divided between the origins of Deuteronomism, discussing whether Deuteronomism was practiced as a school, and its influence in pre-exilic Israel. Part 2 discusses the distribution of power between the sovereign/legal source and teachers, and the subsequent practice of Levites’ authority to interpret law.

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Mark Christian

  • PRIESTLY POWER THAT EMPOWERS: MICHAEL FOUCAULT, MIDDLE -TIER LEVITES, AND THE SOCIOLOGY OF "POPULAR RELIGIOUS GROUPS" IN ISRAEL (page 5)