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The Jubilee In Other Pentateuchal Texts

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Leviticus 27 provides regulations governing the dedication of persons, animals, real estate, or produce to the Lord, i.e. to his sanctuary. The jubilee is mentioned six times in Lev 27, all in the unit concerning consecration of real estate, vv. 16-24. The extensive integration of the jubilee into the laws of consecrated land (vv. 16-24) and the congruence between the operational principles of the jubilee in Lev 27 and in Lev 25 suggests careful thought and intentionality. The regulation of donations of property to the sanctuary would of course be of great concern to the priestly caste in any historical-cultural setting one may wish to place the origins of Lev 27. This chapter focuses on the priestly pentateuchal texts to the entirely different world of the Deuteronomist, in order to tackle one of the more contentious issues surrounding the jubilee: the relationship between Deut 15 and the Lev 25.

Keywords: jubilee; Leviticus 27; pentateuchal texts



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