Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (JSOT by Wesley J. Bergen

By Wesley J. Bergen

A brilliant, clean method of Leviticus, connecting its surprising international of animal sacrifice to the standard in our lives and utilizing ritual thought, pop culture and African theology in its dialogue. This ebook attracts on numerous disciplines to adopt a distinct research of Leviticus 1-7. instead of learning the rituals prescribed in Leviticus as arcane historical/theological texts of little curiosity to the fashionable reader, or as examples of primitive rituals that experience no parallel in Western society, this publication offers many issues of touch among animal sacrifice rituals and diverse elements of postmodern society. sleek rituals similar to Monday evening soccer, consuming speedy foodstuff, sending little kids off to battle, or even the rituals of contemporary academia are contrasted with the textual content of Leviticus. additionally, responses to Leviticus between glossy African Christians and within the early church are used to attract out additional understandings of ways the language and perform of sacrifice nonetheless shapes the lives of individuals. This learn takes a consciously Christian standpoint on Leviticus. Leviticus is believed to be an ongoing a part of the Christian Bible. the standard Christian reaction to Leviticus is to disregard it or to assert that each one sacrifice has now been outmoded by means of the sacrifice of Jesus. This research refutes these simplistic assertions, and makes an attempt to reassert where of Leviticus as a resource for Christian self-understanding. this can be quantity 417 of magazine for the examine of the outdated testomony complement sequence and quantity nine of enjoying the Texts.

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Reading Ritual: Leviticus in Postmodern Culture (JSOT Supplement)

A shiny, clean method of Leviticus, connecting its unexpected international of animal sacrifice to the typical in our lives and utilizing ritual concept, pop culture and African theology in its dialogue. This booklet attracts on a number of disciplines to adopt a different research of Leviticus 1-7. instead of learning the rituals prescribed in Leviticus as arcane historical/theological texts of little curiosity to the trendy reader, or as examples of primitive rituals that experience no parallel in Western society, this e-book presents many issues of touch among animal sacrifice rituals and diverse components of postmodern society.

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Back in the Good Old Days... Another way to relate our world to that of Leviticus comes from another story. My father was a pastor and a farmer at different points in his life, but he never stopped being both. After years of encouragement and cajoling from my mother, 11. com>. 12. Or see '25 Reasons Why McDonald's is Better than the Catholic Church' at . 22 Reading Ritual he finally sat down and wrote for his grandchildren some memories of his life growing up as a child on the Canadian prairies.

If we turn that lens upon ourselves, we gain a much clearer understanding of our own attitude toward the performative. To put is succinctly, one of the rules that governs the performance of this ritual is that no attempt need be made to follow any of the usual rules for public presentation. We have made dullness a virtue, monotony a sign of true scholarship unfettered by emotional display. Thus it would be incorrect to say that presentation is seen as a matter of no significance for our ritual.

2. Animal Sacrifice Today 21 As is typical in a consumer society, what constitutes good slaughter for McDonald's is economical slaughter. Yet economics is a more complex system than simple dollars and cents. Economical slaughter also involves a range of factors such as the healthiness of the meat. Due largely to pressure from consumers, McDonald's has altered the conditions in meat packing plants throughout the world. While the American government was unable or unwilling to make the meat packing industry follow new regulations regarding FDA feed rules, a quiet meeting at McDonald's headquarters led to strict observance of these regulations (Schlosser 2002: 275).

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