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Claims on God

University of Edinburgh

In this volume, Mary Douglas provides an incisive reading of the book of Numbers through the lens of social anthropology and history of religions. She reads the work as the product of priestly redactors operative in the decades immediately following the return of exile from Babylon and suggests that the final form of the book reflects the protest of a minority group toward the employment of defilement and strict community boundaries by the Persian appointed governors Ezra and Nehemiah.


In the Wilderness: The Doctrine of Defilement in the Book of Numbers

Oxford/New York
Oxford University Press
  • Garrick V. Allen, Institüt für Septuaginta und biblische Textforschung, Kirchliche Hochschule, Wuppertal/Bethel