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Leviticus in Judaism: Scripture and Halakhah in Leviticus
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The book of Leviticus is mediated to Judaism by two Rabbinic readings of Scripture. The first, Sifra, ca. 300 c.e., asks about the relationship of the laws of the Mishnah and the Tosefta to the teachings of Scripture. The second, Leviticus Rabbah, ca. 450–500 c.e., forms of selected passages of Leviticus, read in light of other passages of Scripture altogether, large propositional expositions. Here we consider only the relationship of Scripture and Halakhah in Leviticus.

Sifra, a compilation of Midrash-exegeses on the book of Leviticus, for…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Leviticus in Judaism: Scripture and Halakhah in Leviticus”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 16 October 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0111>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701

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