Friday, 4 July 2008

view of atonement from leviticus

Roy E Gane, Cult and Character: Purification Offerings, Day of Atonement and Theodicy (Winona Lake: Eisenbrauns, 2005).

this is an interesting work of a student of jacob milgrom whose magisterial commentary on leviticus has set and influenced the course of studies on leviticus. Gane disagrees with his teacher's position that the hatta (sin offering) and the yom kippur (day of atonement) did not atone the sins of the offerer but was to cleanse and purify the sanctuary which borned the sins of the offerer and nation. milgrom's position of course challenges the whole Christian view of atonement. Gane takes the older view followed by many Christians that the sin offering was indeed to atone for the sins' of the offerer.

read here from the blog by Michael Barber and Brant Pitre, singing in the reign, a review of Gane's book:

http://singinginthereign.blogspot.com/2008/06/purifying-temple.html

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