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XI. Levi, The Sons of Levi and the Law, in Testament Levi X, XIV-XV and XVI

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The study of the Testament of Levi, the third testament in the Testaments of the twelve Patriarchs, is beset with many difficulties. This chapter comments on the present text of T. Levi 10;14-15; 16, as it has been reconstructed in the Leiden edition of 1978 and approaches it with the expectation that this text is meant to convey a meaning not withstanding its complicated history. Test.Levi is already different from other testaments, because the author had many Levi-traditions, probably even a complete document, at his disposal. Levi is glorified as the priest par excellence. He is God's supreme servant, and although his sons fail badly, there is no doubt about his living in complete obedience to God and his Law.

Keywords: Testament of Levi; priest par excellence; twelve patriarchs



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