Levitikus 27

Gordon, Benjamin D., The Misunderstood Redemption Fee in the Holiness Legislation on Dedications: ZAW 126, 2014, 180–192.

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Adapted from published abstract: The Holiness legislation on “dedications” (Leviticus 27) stipulates that owners wishing to redeem dedicated property must pay a 20% redemption fee on top of the item’s valuation. This fee has been understood either as a penalty imposed on the owners for reneging on the dedication or a surtax levied to take advantage of the owners’ special attachment to their property. G. argues, however, that the fee is related to the use of the holy shekel in these transactions. Archaeological remains, including Judean limestone weights, demonstrate that the common shekel on the eve of the Babylonian exile comprised 24 gerāh. The holy shekel, on the other hand, contained only 20 gerāh (Lev 27:25; Ezek 45:12), a 20% lower value. The redemption fee can thus be understood as bringing a fixed valuation into line with the actual market value of the dedication. It was thus not meant to punish or take advantage of individuals redeeming dedicated property.

Taggar-Cohen, Ada, Between Herem, Ownership, and Ritual. Biblical and Hittite Perspectives, in: Gane, Roy E.; Taggar-Cohen, Ada (ed.), Current Issues in Priestly and Related Literature. The Legacy of Jacob Milgrom and Beyond (Resources for Biblical Study 82), Atlanta 2015, 419–434.

Younger, K. Lawson, Some Recent Discussion on the Ḥērem, in: Burns, Duncan; Rogerson, John W. (ed.), Far From Minimal. Celebrating the Work and Influence of Philip R. Davies (T & T Clark Library of Biblical Studies 484), London 2012, 505–522.

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Ein Literaturbericht über neuere Vorschläge zur Deutung des Wortes ḥēræm ohne eigene Stellungnahme.

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