Nathan MacDonald – The Tabernacle and Priestly Power

Episode: Nathan MacDonald argues that four versions of the Tabernacle can be traced through ancient versions of the Old Testament. This episode explores those versions, the significance of Aaron’s garments, priestly aesthetics, the significance of the wild Nadab and Abihu account, and much more from Nathan MacDonald’s new book The Making of the Tabernacle and the Construction of Priestly Hegemony (OUP, 2023)!

Guest: Nathan MacDonald is Professor of the Interpretation of the Old Testament at Cambridge University. He taught Old Testament previously at St. Andrews University, and was the recipient of a Sofja-Kovalevskaja Prize which enabled him to lead a research team on Early Jewish Monotheisms at Georg-August-Universität Göttingen from 2009–2014. He’s the author of numerous books, including Deuteronomy and the Meaning of ‘Monotheism’ (Mohr Siebeck, 2003; 2nd edition 2012), Priestly Rule: Polemic and Biblical Interpretation in Ezekiel 44 (de Gruyter, 2015), What did the Ancient Israelites Eat? Diet in Biblical Times (Eerdmans, 2008), Not Bread Alone: The Uses of Food in the Old Testament (Oxford University Press, 2008), and the book we’re discussing in this interview, The Making of the Tabernacle and the Construction of Priestly Hegemony (Oxford University Press, 2023).

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