This dissertation considers the construction of widows, orphans, aliens, and Levites in deuteronomic law. Making use of multiple methodologies, literary criticism, Disability Studies, and food and foodway studies, this study argues that, in Deuteronomy, the members of the formulaic reference, “the alien, the orphan, and the widow,” often associated with “the Levite” operate as cultic functionaries and participate in cultic meals in order to secure stability and continuing abundance in the land for all of Israel.
Roy L. Heller
Richard D. Nelson
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Strimple, Cheryl, "“And They Shall Eat Until They Are Satisfied:” Critical Disability Theory and Widows, Orphans, Aliens, and Levites in the Book of Deuteronomy" (2019). Religious Studies Theses and Dissertations. 15.