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Genève: Labor et Fides 2011. 227 S. 23,8 x 17,4 cm = Commentaire de l’Ancien Testament, IIIb. Kart. EUR 30,00. ISBN 978-2-8309-1412-2.
James W. Watts
Alfred Marx, Emeritus Professor of Old Testament in the Protestant Faculty of Theology at the University of Strasbourg, is well known for his studies of Israel’s offerings. He has written monographs on the grain offering (1994) and on the whole »sacrificial system« in the Old Testament (2005), as well as important studies of the theology of sacrifice. In these works, he argued that Israel’s sacrifices are best understood as a form of feudal tribute to the sovereign, God, who owns the land that is lent to Israel. In this commentary, M. brings his characteristic concerns and methods to bear on the so-called Holiness Code (H) at the end of Leviticus.
The widely-accepted arguments for the separate authorship of H have not convinced M. He thinks chapters 17–27’s distinctive ...
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