Key Scholarly References on the Priestly Tradition


Achenbach, Reinhard. 2003. Die Vollendung der Tora: Studien zur Redaktionsgeschichte des Numeribuches im Kontext von Hexateuch und Pentateuch. 3. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für altorientalische und biblische Rechtsgeschichte 3. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.

Asad, Talal. 1993. Genealogies of Religion : Discipline and Reasons of Power in Christianity and Islam. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Astruc, Jean. 1753. Conjectures sur la Genese: avec des remarques qui appuient ou qui éclaircissent ses conjectures. Bruxelles: Chez Frick.

Baden, Joel S. 2012. The Composition of the Pentateuch: Renewing the Documentary Hypothesis. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Balberg, Mira. 2017. Blood for Thought: The Reinvention of Sacrifice in Early Rabbinic Literature. Oakland, California: University of California Press.

Bell, Catherine M. 1992. Ritual Theory, Ritual Practice. New York: Oxford University Press,.

Blum, Erhard. 1990. Studien zur Komposition des Pentateuch. Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 189. Berlin ;New York: Walter de Gruyter.

Butler, Judith. 1997. Excitable Speech : A Politics of the Performative. New York: Routledge.

Carpenter, J. Estlin, and George Harford-Battersby, 1900. The Hexateuch According to the Revised Version: Arranged in Its Constituent Documents by Members of the Society of Historical Theology, Oxford. London: Longmans, Green.

Eilberg-Schwartz, Howard. 1991. “People of the Body: The Problem of the Body for the People of the Book.” Journal of the History of Sexuality 2: 1–24.

Feldman, Liane M. 2020. The Story of Sacrifice: Ritual and Narrative in the Priestly Source. Forschungen zum alten Testament 141. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

—--. 2023.The Consuming Fire: The Complete Priestly Source, from Creation to the Promised Land. World Literature in Translation. Oakland: University of California Press.

Gaines, Jason M. H. 2015. The Poetic Priestly Source. Minneapolis: Fortress Press.

Gorman, Frank H. 1990. The Ideology of Ritual: Space, Time, and Status in the Priestly Theology. Vol. 91. Journal for the Study of the Old Testament. Supplement Series,. Sheffield, England: JSOT Press.

Haran, Menahem. 1996. The Biblical Collection (Ha-Asupah Ha-Miḳraʾit: Tahalikhe Ha-Gibush ʻad Sof Yeme Bayit Sheni Ṿe-Shinuye Ha-Tsurah ʻad Motsaʾe Yeme Ha-Benayim). 3 vols. Jerusalem: Bialik/Magnes.

Hollywood, Amy. 2002. “Performativity, Citationality, Ritualization.” History of Religions 42: 93–115.

Knohl, Israel. 1995. The Sanctuary of Silence: The Priestly Torah and the Holiness School. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995.

-----. 1996. “Between Voice and Silence: The Relationship between Prayer and Temple Cult.” Journal of Biblical Literature 115: 17–30.

Linssen, Marc J. H. 2004. The Cults of Uruk and Babylon: The Temple Ritual Texts as Evidence for Hellenistic Cult Practises. Leiden: Brill, Styx.

Nihan, Christophe. 2007. From Priestly Torah to Pentateuch: A Study in the Composition of the Book of Leviticus. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck.

Nöldeke, Theodor. 1869. Untersuchungen zur Kritik des alten Testaments. Kiel: Schwers.

Paran, Meir. 1989. Darkhe Ha-Signon Ha-Kohani Ba-Torah : Degamim, Shimushe Lashon, Mivnim (the Literary Style of the Priestly Source). Jerusalem: Magnes

Pardee, Dennis. 2002. Ritual and Cult at Ugarit. Writings from the Ancient World 10. Leiden; Boston: SBL/Brill.

Pola, Thomas. 1995. Die ursprüngliche Priesterschrift: Beobachtungen zur Literarkritik und Traditionsgeschichte von Pg. Neukirchen-Vluyn: Neukirchener Verlag.

Rooke, Deborah W, ed. 2009. Embroidered Garments: Priests and Gender in Biblical Israel. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Sanders, Seth L. “Performative Utterances and Divine Language in Ugaritic,” Journal of Near Eastern Studies 63 (2004): 161-81.

------. 2014. “‘I Was Shown Another Calculation’: The Language of Knowledge in Aramaic Enoch and Priestly Hebrew” in Jonathan Ben-Dov and Seth L. Sanders eds., Ancient Jewish Sciences and the History of Knowledge. New York: ISAW/NYU Press: 69-101.

------. 2015. “What If There Aren’t Any Empirical Models for Pentateuchal Criticism?” In Contextualizing Israel’s Sacred Writings: Ancient Literacy, Orality, and Literary Production, edited by Brian Schmidt, 281–304. Ancient Israel and Its Literature 22. Atlanta: SBL Press.

------. 2017. From Adapa to Enoch: Scribal Culture and Religious Vision in Judea and Babylon. Vol. 167. Texts and Studies in Ancient Judaism ; Tübingen, Germany: Mohr Siebeck.

------. 2021 “The Grammar of Creation” in Ve-’Ed Ya‘aleh (Gen 2:6) Essays in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies Presented to Edward L. Greenstein. Volume 2. ed. Peter Machinist, Robert A. Harris, Joshua A. Berman, Nili Samet, and Noga Ayali-Darshan, 851-872. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature.

------.. Sanders, Seth L., ed. 2007 Margins of Writing, Origins of Cultures: New Approaches to Writing and Reading in the Ancient Near East. Oriental Institute Symposia 2. Chicago: Oriental Institute Press. Corrected second printing.

------.. 2016 “How to Build a Sacred Text in the Ancient Near East,” special issue of the Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions 15/2.

Schwartz, Baruch J. 1996. “The Priestly Account of the Theophany and Lawgiving at Sinai.” In Texts, Temples and Traditions—A Tribute to Menahem Haran, edited by Michael Fox et al., 103–134. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns.

—--. 1997. “What Really Happened at Mount Sinai? Four Biblical Answers to One Question.” Bible Review 13: 20–30.

Shectman, Sarah. 2009. Women in the Pentateuch: A Feminist and Source-Critical Analysis. Vol. 23. HBM ; Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press.

Smith, Mark S. 2010. The Priestly Vision of Genesis 1. Minneapolis : Fortress Press.

Sommer, Benjamin D. 2015. Revelation and Authority: Sinai in Jewish Scripture and Tradition. The Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library. New Haven: Yale University Press.

Urban, Greg. 1984. “Speech about Speech in Speech about Action.” The Journal of American Folklore 97 (385): 310–28.

Wellhausen, Julius. 1885. Prolegomena to the History of Israel. Translated by Black, J. and Menzies, A. A. & C. Black.

Wöhrle, Jakob. 2021 “The Priestly Writing(s): Scope and Nature.” In Oxford Handbook of the Pentateuch, edited by Joel S Baden and Jeffrey Stackert, 255–75. Oxford: Oxford University Press..