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From Patriarch to Priest: The Levi-Priestly Tradition from Aramaic Levi to Testament of Levi (review)

From Patriarch to Priest: The Levi-Priestly Tradition from Aramaic Levi to Testament of Levi... FROM PATRIARCH TO PRIEST: THE LEVI-PRIESTLY TRADITION FROM ARAMAIC LEVI TO TESTAMENT OF LEVI. By Robert A. Kugler. SBL Early Judaism and Its Literature 9. pp. ix + 255. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996. Paper. In this book, a revision of a 1994 dissertation for the University of Notre Dame (advisor, James VanderKam), Robert Kugler studies a cluster of texts that belong to what he calls the Levi-Priestly tradition. These texts, Aramaic Levi, Jubilees 30:1-32:9 and Testament of Levi, all focus on the patriarch Levi, who is chosen by God for a priesthood "characterized by an intense passion for communal and cultic purity, and by a unique interest in the exercise of wisdom" (p. 3). The book does not purport to offer a complete and comprehensive commentary on anyone of these texts. Rather it undertakes the more preliminary, but essential, task of attempting to reconstruct the content and order of Aramaic Levi, and then exploring the complex relationships among literary works at various stages of this tradition. The first chapter of Kugler's book stands somewhat independently. It looks to the Hebrew Bible to discover the sources of the Levi-Priestly Tradition in the account of Levi's zeal in destroying the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Hebrew Studies National Association of Professors of Hebrew

From Patriarch to Priest: The Levi-Priestly Tradition from Aramaic Levi to Testament of Levi (review)

Hebrew Studies , Volume 39 (1) – Oct 5, 1998

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FROM PATRIARCH TO PRIEST: THE LEVI-PRIESTLY TRADITION FROM ARAMAIC LEVI TO TESTAMENT OF LEVI. By Robert A. Kugler. SBL Early Judaism and Its Literature 9. pp. ix + 255. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1996. Paper. In this book, a revision of a 1994 dissertation for the University of Notre Dame (advisor, James VanderKam), Robert Kugler studies a cluster of texts that belong to what he calls the Levi-Priestly tradition. These texts, Aramaic Levi, Jubilees 30:1-32:9 and Testament of Levi, all focus on the patriarch Levi, who is chosen by God for a priesthood "characterized by an intense passion for communal and cultic purity, and by a unique interest in the exercise of wisdom" (p. 3). The book does not purport to offer a complete and comprehensive commentary on anyone of these texts. Rather it undertakes the more preliminary, but essential, task of attempting to reconstruct the content and order of Aramaic Levi, and then exploring the complex relationships among literary works at various stages of this tradition. The first chapter of Kugler's book stands somewhat independently. It looks to the Hebrew Bible to discover the sources of the Levi-Priestly Tradition in the account of Levi's zeal in destroying the

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Published: Oct 5, 1998

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