By Wilfried Warning
This examine explores the vocabulary hired within the extant textual content of "Leviticus". the selected method of rhetorical research (with an emphasis upon terminological styles) indicates a delicately composed textual content. the fundamental operating speculation that "Leviticus" has been artistically based round 37 divine speeches ("and the Lord spoke/sad to Moses (and Aaron)") with bankruptcy sixteen as its attainable structural and theological centre has been substantiated either at the microstructural and macrostructural degrees. The plethora of important micro- and macrostructural terminological styles indicates unique literary cohesiveness and for that reason single-handed authorship. those findings are of targeted importance concerning the so-called "P" and "H" passages, a "layer of priestly reworking", and, much more, the exegesis and theology of "Leviticus".
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132 bowed down to the ground seven times [ ]וישתחו ארצה שבע פעמיםas he approached his brother" (NIV). " 133 Apparently the n u m b e r seven "was a sacred n u m b e r in virtually all the ancient Semitic cultures. '" 3 6 Although in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament the n u m b e r seven appears "in some m a n n e r in almost six hundred passages," 137 it may be even more often that a keyword occurs seven times in a given passage, 138 thus achieving numerical symmetry and harmony, as has been repeatedly pointed out by scholars.
In concluding this section on definitions we should be mindful of the truism that any investigation of a biblical text has to make the actual words used by the biblical writers its sole starting point. Procedure In order to obtain objective data in scrutinizing the structure of a given biblical literary unit, Watson suggests tabulating all the repeated words, thus establishing their comparative frequency and relative position. 129 In the process of repeatedly reading Leviticus and tabulat127 R.
22. , 32. , 23. 93 Ibid. 94 Sailhamer, 49. 95 Ibid. If it is true that Leviticus "has been characteristicaUy rendered by the repetition of key phrases," 9 6 it might prove profitable to substantiate this hypothesis by searching for the decisive terms or phrases which "are vital for d e t e r m i n i n g literary structure. 9 7 י יIt is m y contention that one of the key phrases, p e r h a p s even the key phrase in structuring Leviticus, is the so called "divine speech f o r m u l a , " which is dealt with in the next chapter.