Priesthood and the Priestly Source

Golden calf - Why was God so upset?

The wrong god?

Is making a graven image a sin?

The wrong temple?

The wrong priests?

Leviticus 10 as interpreted by “Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark” (1981)

The Temple according to P

Like a nuclear power plant

Images (PPTX)

Three major types of sacrifices

  1. Burnt
  2. Well-being
  3. Purification of sanctuary

Context of Priestly Source

Response to Babylonian Exile (597/587 - 539)

An ideal plan for an orderly society, to keep exile from happening again

After exile, priests became major leaders (no king, decline of prophets)