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Melcher, “Visualizing the Perfect Cult,” 65–66. 24. Olyan, Rites and Rank, 105. 25. Noth, Leviticus, 162–63. 1 2. Categories 37 profane quality to inhere in the body itself, then the offering itself should be a profanation, rather than merely inefﬁcacious. In sum, human blemish at the altar is profaning; animal blemish on the altar is not accepted. The human form is more highly valued, since its blemishes are more harshly treated. Although a visual criterion appears to be operating, it cannot be the only factor.
1 18 Biblical Corpora not, strictly speaking, a disability studies analysis, but the shared area of concern should be apparent. In fact, the presence and function of a ﬁgure with a physical impairment often helps identify the sensory valuations of a given text or source. This proposed criticism blends well with the disability scholarship of Davis, Mitchell and Snyder, and Garland Thomson, and I shall employ it in tandem with their methods. ” The answer will tell us something about how that stratum values or devalues different senses (Avalos’s project), and thus how the body is used to construct, in religious terms, both a Normal body and a disabled Other (my project).
11. , 616–17. 12. , 617. 13 The contrast between bodily wholeness and bodily blemish intersects with these categories such that we can infer the value that Leviticus assigned to at least some kinds of disabilities. So, within this system of separations, I shall focus on two sites: the priestly body and the animal body. The material on bodily discharges will serve to gloss the concept of wholeness (Mymt). First, let us situate the priestly body within the matrix of disability analysis. In his discussion of the concept of a norm, Lennard Davis argued that ancient Greco-Roman art depicted ideal bodies, not normal ones.