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Tzav

צו

Leviticus 6:1-8:36
Jeremiah 7:21–8:3; 9:22–23

Scribal Features That Helped the Priestly Text Survive

Scribal Features That Helped the Priestly Text Survive

The biblical priestly text is unique in the ancient Near East, in that it utilizes scribal features such as colophons, cross references, and casuistic laws (when... then...), aimed at making the text accessible to the public. This preserved Israelite priestly writing past the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple.

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Martha Himmelfarb
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Is Holiness Contagious?

Is Holiness Contagious?

Impurity is transferred through physical contact. Theologically speaking, could the same be true for holiness?

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Marty Lockshin
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Can Elijah Reconcile Fathers and Sons ?

Can Elijah Reconcile Fathers and Sons ?

Biblical tradition often depicts difficult father and son relationships. Accordingly, the concluding verses of Malachi—the final book of the Prophets—imagines ultimate redemption through a metaphor of father-son reconciliation, in which the fire and brimstone prophet Elijah is its unlikely harbinger. Leave it to the poet Yehuda Amichai to step in and offer a counter-model to rescue the metaphor.

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Wendy Zierler
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“This Is the Torah” for the Priests Performing the Offerings

“This Is the Torah” for the Priests Performing the Offerings

Expanding upon R. David Zvi Hoffmann’s insight that Parashat Tzav (Lev 6-7) was originally connected directly with the laws of the miluim (ordination) sacrifice in Exodus 29, with a second sacrificial unit (Lev 1-5) spliced in the middle.

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Zev Farber
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Tzav

צו

Leviticus 6:1-8:36

וְהָאֵשׁ עַל הַמִּזְבֵּחַ תּוּקַד בּוֹ לֹא תִכְבֶּה...

ויקרא ו:ה

The fire on the altar shall be kept burning, it shall not be extinguished...

Lev 6:5

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