Christian analyzes priestly social dynamics in-depth as they develop through tribal history and specialization of tasks. He focuses on middle-tier Levites as their skills and specialized knowledge place them in upper classes but their work relegates them as intermediaries.
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Drawing from Foucault, Christian develops a sociological premise to evaluate the social dynamics of priesthood in the Hebrew Bible. Examples from text in Deuteronomy 17, Numbers 26-27, and Jeremiah 27-28 provide redactions by middle-tier Levites who expressed their minority views. Over time, the middle-tier Levites even contextualize their commissioned writing with aspects of popular religion. In Part 1, a thorough historical understanding of redactions is divided between the origins of Deuteronomism, discussing whether Deuteronomism was practiced as a school, and its influence in pre-exilic Israel. Part 2 discusses the distribution of power between the sovereign/legal source and teachers, and the subsequent practice of Levites’ authority to interpret law.