Loving the Neighbour and the Resident Alien in Leviticus 19 as Ethical Redefinition of Holiness
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Keywords

Leviticus 19
Loving the neighbor
Loving the resident alien
Holiness

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Bosman, H. L. (2019). Loving the Neighbour and the Resident Alien in Leviticus 19 as Ethical Redefinition of Holiness. Old Testament Essays, 31(3), 570-589. Retrieved from https://ote-journal.otwsa-otssa.org.za/index.php/journal/article/view/255

Abstract

“Loving the neighbour” is generally accepted as fundamental to Judeo-Christian theological ethics. However, few reflect on the implications of extending “loving the neighbour” (Lev 19:18) to “loving the resident alien/foreigner” (Lev 19:33-34) within the context of the Holiness Code (Lev 17-26). This contribution argues that “holiness” is redefined in Leviticus 19 by combining the instructions related to cultic rituals (aimed at the priests) in Leviticus 1-16 with the theological-ethical issues (aimed at all Israelites) in Leviticus 17-26; thereby moving from “ascribed holiness” (granted by divine decree to cultic officials) to “achieved holiness” (available to all Israel through obedience) in the post-exilic period.

 

https://doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2018/v31n3a10

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