Memory and Covenant: The Role of Israel's and God's Memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants
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Memory and Covenant: The Role of Israel's and God's Memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants  -     By: Barat Ellman

Memory and Covenant: The Role of Israel's and God's Memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants

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* Analyzes the two major traditions of the Pentateuch---and their relationship to one another. Ellman shows that for the deuteronomic tradition, memory is an epistemological and pedagogical means for keeping Israel faithful to God. However the pre-exilic priestly tradition understands that covenant depends on God's memory, which must be aroused by the sensory stimuli of the temple cult. 192 pages, softcover from Fortress.

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Title: Memory and Covenant: The Role of Israel's and God's Memory in Sustaining the Deuteronomic and Priestly Covenants
By: Barat Ellman
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Fortress Press
Weight: 2 pounds
ISBN: 1451465610
ISBN-13: 9781451465617
Series: Emerging Scholars
Stock No: WW465617

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Memory and Covenant combines a close reading of texts in the deuteronomic, priestly, and holiness traditions with analysis of ritual and scrutiny of the different terminology used in each tradition regarding memory. Ellman demonstrates that the exploration of the concept of memory is critical to understanding the overall cosmologies, theologies, and religious programs of these distinct traditions. All three regard memory as a vital element of religious practice and as the principal instrument of covenant fidelitybut in very different ways. Ellman shows that for the deuteronomic tradition, memory is an epistemological and pedagogical means for keeping Israel faithful to its God and Gods commandments, even when Israelites are far from the temple and its worship. The priestly tradition, however, understands that the covenant depends on Gods memory, which must be aroused by the sensory stimuli of the temple cult. The holiness school incorporates the priestly idea of sensory memory but places responsibility for remembering on Israel. A subsequent layer of priestly tradition revives the centrality of Gods memory within a thorough-going theology uniting temple worship with creation.

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Barat Ellman is an ordained rabbi and adjunct assistant professor of the Bible and its interpretation at the Jewish Theological Seminary and is also adjunct assistant professor at Fordham College. She completed her dissertation at Jewish Theological Seminary under the direction of Stephen Geller.

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