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Joining Rebellions: Dathan and Abiram Merge with Korah, Leader of the Levites

Dathan and Abiram’s civic rebellion against Moses and Aaron was independent of the Levites’ challenge to their religious demotion in relation to the Aaronides. The composite narrative underscores, more emphatically than either story could do alone, the principle that divinely-appointed leaders are to be accepted by the nation of Israel.

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Adele Berlin

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Fire Pans in the Bible and Archaeology

Fire pans (maḥtot) are listed as part of the Tabernacle’s accessories for the menorah and the altar. They also play an important role in the stories of Korah’s rebellion and the death of Nadav and Avihu as incense censors. Archaeological excavations have uncovered what these items were and how they functioned.

Dr.

Raz Kletter

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Difficulties with the Text of the Korah Story

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Korah’s Poetic Rebellion and God’s Flowery Response

A new analysis of compositional layers suggests that God responds to Korah’s rebellion with patience and beauty—until someone changed the ending.

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Jason Gaines

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The Mysterious Literary Life and Death of Korah

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Rachel Adelman

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The Historical Circumstances that Inspired the Korah Narrative

Korah’s rebellion ultimately results in the placement of the Levites in a permanent subordinate position to the Aaronide priests. Set in the wilderness period, the story appears to be a narrative retelling of a historical process that occurred hundreds of years later, the demotion of the Levites reflected in Ezek 44, as demonstrated by a number of literary parallels.

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Ely Levine

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The Levite Rebellion Against the Priesthood: Why Were We Demoted?

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Adele Berlin

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Where Did On Disappear to?

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Source and Redaction-Critical Approach: David Frankel

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How Did Korach Die?

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Documentary and Redactional Approach: Israel Knohl

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Korah and the Documentary Hypothesis

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