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Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Priestly Account of Building The Tabernacle

This article is called "The Priestly Account of Building The Tabernacle" by Victor (Avigdor) Hurowitz, Journal of the American Oriental Society, Vol. 105, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1985), 21-30.

This article provides an interesting point of view and comparison of the description of The Tabernacle to other sources, particularly those of the other ancient cultures.

Here is an abstract:

"Since Wellhausen the account of building the Tabernacle has been viewed as the result of a gradual expansion of an original story found in Exodus 25-29 + 39:42-43 + Leviticus 9. The present paper analyzes the structure of the extant Tabernacle account and compares it with other accounts of building temples found in the Bible (l Kgs 5:15-9:25) and Mesopotamian and Ugaritic sources. The Tabernacle story in its canonical form is shown to be identical in pattern to these other accounts (especially to the Samsuiluna B inscription; Exod 25:l-9 + 35:l -36:8 has a close parallel in Gordon, UT 51 V 74 - VI 21)"

You can read and download the entire article at this link.

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