|Institution:||University of Texas – Austin|
|Department:||Middle Eastern Languages and Cultures|
|Keywords:||Rite; Deuteronomy 25:5-10; Anthropology; Hebrew Bible|
|Full text PDF:||http://hdl.handle.net/2152/28657|
This work looks at the rite presented in Deut 25:5–10 through a sociological framework. As such, it argues that ritual is a social act aimed at protecting communal interests over the interests of its individual members. More specifically, the rite described in Deut 25:5–10 was meant to act as a bulwark against infiltration of tribal land through exogamy. In later periods, it is argued that the focus of the rite narrowed to the priestly class.