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On Sacred Heads and Sullied Wombs: Bouncing Between Leviticus and Numbers

  • Bernon Lee
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Abstract

In this chapter, Lee expands the emergent logic of exclusion in the previous chapter by drawing into the web of prized possessions the offerings (of things and persons) in Leviticus 21–22 and the protected entities of the rulings and procedures of Numbers 5–6 on purity, sexual impropriety, and Nazirite ordination. Lee contends that the reader’s ‘wandering viewpoint’ invents a network of analogies of binary distinctions, as it grows Israel’s social-religious boundaries through and across these laws and rites. The result, at the chapter’s conclusion, is an expanded web of guarded things and spaces—houses, heads, wombs, camps, and offerings—that correlate categories of abjection at the intersection of race, gender, sexuality, and morality. As before, Lee has in focus the vulnerability of readerly correlations across texts.

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  1. 1.Bethel UniversitySt. PaulUSA

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