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Inauguration Of The Tabernacle Service At Sinai

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This chapter focuses on the consecration of the priests, Jacob Milgrom makes a number of significant observations: (1) the chapter is organized around a sevenfold repetition of the formula and (2) this septenary formula occurs twice more in the Priestly writings: (a) in the manufacture of the priestly garments and (b) in the construction of the Tabernacle. A text about the journey of the Tabernacle from Mt. Sinai to the promised land that is anticipated in Exod 40. In this chapter the approbative formula "God saw that it was good" is repeated seven times. The logic is clear: just as the world was created through seven discrete acts over which God pronounces words of satisfaction, so the Tabernacle, along with the priestly vestments and the ordination service, is completed through a series of seven discrete actions, each of which is done exactly according to command.

Keywords: Jacob Milgrom; Mt. Sinai; Priestly writings; septenary formula; Tabernacle service

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