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The Jubilee As Text: Setting, Structure, Exegesis Of Leviticus 25

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Leviticus 25 comes near the end of both the critically-discerned Holiness Code" and the canonical Leviticus. From the perspective of the canonical parameters of Leviticus, there is a certain correspondence between Lev 25 as the climax of the largely social regulations in chs. 17-25 (Holiness Code") and Lev 16 as the climax of the largely cultic regulations in chs. 1-16 (Priestly Code"). Leviticus 25 bears a certain relationship to the preceding and succeeding units of Leviticus. The jubilee legislation seeks at all costs to avoid the permanent separation of the Israelite from his land. The exception" to the exception" for walled cities is the property of Levites in their ancestral cities. Leviticus 25 forms the climax of the predominantly social legislation of Lev 17-25, and corresponds to the Day of Purgation as the climax of the predominantly cultic legislation of Lev 1-16.

Keywords: canonical parameters; Israelite; jubilee legislation; Leviticus 25; social legislation



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