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Title: Die Symbolik des Vogelrituals bei der Reinigung von Aussätzigen (Lev 14,4-7)
Author(s): STAUBLI, Thomas
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 83    Issue: 2   Date: 2002   
Pages: 230-237
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.83.2.3200305

Abstract :
The bird ritual for the purification of the leper is usually interpreted as an elimination rite in analogy to the scapegoat rite at Yom Kippur. However, all constitutive elements of an elimination rite are missing: an evil is not mentioned, nor a demonic place for the evil nor a beast, sympathetic with the demon. On the contrary birds in the Bible and elsewhere in the Ancient Near East symbolize in many ways human vitality, just as the other ingredients of the ritual do. So the article argues, that the ritual symbolizes the return of the healed leper from social death to life, as the first act of a threefold ritual for the reintegration of a person into human society.

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