Eisenbrauns sale: Israel Knohl’s “The Sanctuary of Silence”

**Update: This sale is over as of noon, Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010**

Israel Knohl’s The Sanctuary of Silence: The Priestly Torah and the Holiness School is a standard academic volume dealing with the priestly strands of the Pentateuch, written by an eminent Israeli biblical scholar.  For this volume, $11.25 (+S&H) is a ridiculously great deal! (Compare this with the $37.50 you’ll pay on Amazon!)

Not everyone will be interested in this volume.  If you aren’t engaged in fairly deep study of Leviticus or other texts dealing with Israel’s ritual and cult, this probably isn’t for you.  But if you are trying to round out a library that already includes books like Moshe Weinfeld’s Deuteronomy and the Deuteronomistic School, F.M. Cross’ Canaanite Myth and Hebrew Epic, Michael Fishbane’s Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel, Albrecht Alt’s Essays on Old Testament History and Religion, and Menahem Haran’s Temples and Temple Service in Ancient Israel, (to name only a few) you’ll want to pick this one up.

I could be wrong, but I believe that this volume will be on sale through the weekend so if you aren’t quite ready to pounce with the Visa (like I just did!), then you’ve got a night or two to think about it!

Thanks again to the Eisenbrauns crew for the great works they provide at great prices via their Twitter sale!

(BTW: if you’re ever tempted to put Haran on sale like this, do note that I’ll pounce on that one too!) <grin>


5 thoughts on “Eisenbrauns sale: Israel Knohl’s “The Sanctuary of Silence””

  1. Is this what we were talking about the other day – concerning the levitical groupings of priests, and the early/late distinctions? As we were saying, the levite/priestly aspect of the pentatuech (and beyond) is so detailed; would this book help sort a few things out? I’ll trade you this book for my Boling/Wright AB commentary on Joshua!



    1. Haha! Get your own copy at this stellar price!!!

      Yeah, I think it sort of is what we were talking about. It’s a book pretty devoted to “P” material, but notes that there does seem to be some finer distinctions to be made in the ritual texts than the critics like Wellhausen made. Of course Wellhausen believed this material to originate in the Persian period and Knohl’s earlier dating of these texts does change the approach. I’m sure he won’t call these texts “Mosaic,” (at least not in what I’ve read so far), but there is a much more helpful slant on this kind of stuff with an earlier date (IMO).

      Haran’s book might also touch on the stuff we were chatting about…


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