#166. Is Joshua allowed to enter the Tent of Meeting OR are only Aaronid priests? (Ex 33:11 vs Num 1:51, 3:10, 3:38, 18:5-7)

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This contradiction continues from the previous two (#164-165), where we saw that the views and perceptions concerning the Tent of Meeting differed radically depending on what source we were looking at, the Elohist or the Priestly source.

Here too, the Elohist attaches no priestly, cultic, nor holy and sacred significance to the Tent of Meeting, at least not in the manner in which we find the Aaronid priestly writers doing in the Priestly source. So in the Elohist text of Exodus 33, Joshua is permitted to enter the Tent of Meeting. Nothing in the text indicates that this is a problem.

However, from the perspective and theology of the Priestly writer this act would not only been seen as anathema, but Joshua would have met a swift and immediate death. For the Priestly writer’s Yahweh pronounces this on many occasions. Anyone besides Aaron or his sons shall not approach the Tent of Meeting lest they die.

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