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Tafsir - Qur'anic Exegesis (Paperback, UK ed.): Gholamali Haddad Adel, Mohammad Jafar Elmi, Mohammad Jafat Elmi, Hassan... Tafsir - Qur'anic Exegesis (Paperback, UK ed.)
Gholamali Haddad Adel, Mohammad Jafar Elmi, Mohammad Jafat Elmi, Hassan Taromi-Rad
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Beyond Vengeance and Protest - A Reflection on the Macarisms in Revelation (Hardcover, New title): Oliver O. Nwachukwu Beyond Vengeance and Protest - A Reflection on the Macarisms in Revelation (Hardcover, New title)
Oliver O. Nwachukwu
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Beyond Vengeance and Protest takes a fresh look at the Book of Revelation from the point of view of blessing. If John wrote Revelation to tell the Christian communities that he had seen the Lord and to encourage them to persevere, the macarisms underscore his conviction of God's vindication of the righteous who suffer now. With the sevenfold macarisms expressing hope in God's grace, John lays grounds for action by positing the good for which the contrary must be rejected.

Lament, Death, and Destiny (Hardcover): Richard A. Hughes Lament, Death, and Destiny (Hardcover)
Richard A. Hughes
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Lament, a natural, healthy response to unfair suffering and death, has largely disappeared from modern life and thought. This book reaffirms ancient Greek and Hebrew conceptions of lament as a protest against death as fate. Richard A. Hughes finds lament to be basic in the Bible, and he traces the decline of lament, beginning with Plato's antifeminist critique and early Christian theodicy, through the church fathers and the Protestant reformers. He shows that lament was displaced by classical doctrines of providence but recaptured in the modern existentialist revolt against unjust suffering. Hughes discusses the need for lament in the present age of mass, catastrophic death.

Basel Und Bibel - Collected Communications to the Xviith Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old... Basel Und Bibel - Collected Communications to the Xviith Congress of the International Organization for the Study of the Old Testament, Basel 2001 (English, German, Paperback)
Matthias Augustin, Hermann Michael Niemann
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Created Equal - How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Paperback): Joshua A. Berman Created Equal - How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought (Paperback)
Joshua A. Berman
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In Created Equal, Joshua Berman engages the text of the Hebrew Bible from a novel perspective, considering it as a document of social and political thought. He proposes that the Pentateuch can be read as the earliest prescription on record for the establishment of an egalitarian polity. What emerges is the blueprint for a society that would stand in stark contrast to the surrounding cultures of the ancient Near East -- Egypt, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, and the Hittite Empire - in which the hierarchical structure of the polity was centered on the figure of the king and his retinue. Berman shows that an egalitarian ideal is articulated in comprehensive fashion in the Pentateuch and is expressed in its theology, politics, economics, use of technologies of communication, and in its narrative literature. Throughout, he invokes parallels from the modern period as heuristic devices to illuminate ancient developments. Thus, for example, the constitutional principles in the Book of Deuteronomy are examined in the light of those espoused by Montesquieu, and the rise of the novel in 18th-century England serves to illuminate the advent of new modes of storytelling in biblical narrative.

Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets - Ibn Arabi's Thought and Method in the Fusus al-Hikam (Paperback): Ronald L.... Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets - Ibn Arabi's Thought and Method in the Fusus al-Hikam (Paperback)
Ronald L. Nettler
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The 'Fusus al-Hikam' is acknowledged to be a summary statement of the sufi metaphysics of the 'Greatest Master', Ibn 'Arabi (d.1240). It is also recognised that the 'Fusus' is a work of great complexity both in its ideas and its style; and, over the centuries, numerous commentaries have been written on it. Each of the chapters of the 'Fusus' is dedicated to a Qur'anic prophet with whom a particular 'wisdom' is associated. In 'Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets: Ibn 'Arabi's Thought and Method in the "Fusus al-Hikam"', Ronald Nettler examines ten chapters from the 'Fusus' which exemplify the ideas, method and perspective of the entire work. Concentrating on a detailed analysis of the text, the author brings out the profound connection and integration of scripture and metaphysics in the world-view of Ibn 'Arabi. 'Sufi Metaphysics and Qur'anic Prophets' serves not only as an explication of Ibn 'Arabi's thought in the 'Fusus', but is also a great aid in the overall understanding of Ibn 'Arabi's thought.

The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine - An Egyptological Approach (Paperback): Alejandro F Botta The Aramaic and Egyptian Legal Traditions at Elephantine - An Egyptological Approach (Paperback)
Alejandro F Botta
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This is a study of the interrelationships between the formulary traditions of the legal documents of the Jewish colony of Elephantine and the legal formulary traditions of their Egyptian counterparts.

The legal documents of Elephantine have been approached in three different ways thus far: first, comparing them to the later Aramaic legal tradition; second, as part of a self-contained system, and more recently from the point of view of the Assyriological legal tradition. However, there is still a fourth possible approach, which has long been neglected by scholars in this field, and that is to study the Elephantine legal documents from an Egyptological perspective. In seeking the Egyptian parallels and antecedents to the Aramaic formulary, Botta hopes to balance the current scholarly perspective, based mostly upon Aramaic and Assyriological comparative studies.

Kabbalah - A Guide for the Perplexed (Hardcover, New): Pinchas Giller Kabbalah - A Guide for the Perplexed (Hardcover, New)
Pinchas Giller
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This is accessible and reliable survey of Kabbalah's key elements, uniquely exploring the contemporary phenomena of its popularity and the notoreity of some its modern purveyors. "Kabbalah: A Guide for the Perplexed" is a concise and accessible introduction to the major elements of the prevalent metaphysical system of Judaism, Kabbalah. The book covers the historical and theoretical essence of Kabbalah, offering a clear definition of the term and the limitations of what Kabbalah is and is not. Pinchas Giller provides an overview of the history of the movement, reflecting the sweep of Jewish history as a whole, and examines its metaphysical system, the advanced mythos of early and later Luria, doctrines of the soul, and the mysteries of Jewish religious practice and law. The book concludes with a summary of the contemporary kabbalistic phenomena, particularly in light of the notoriety of some modern purveyors of Kabbalah. As cogent and objective as possible, this is the ideal companion for those wishing to gain a sound understanding of this often perplexing mystical aspect of Judaism. "Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

Kabbalah - A Guide for the Perplexed (Paperback): Pinchas Giller Kabbalah - A Guide for the Perplexed (Paperback)
Pinchas Giller
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This is accessible and reliable survey of Kabbalah's key elements, uniquely exploring the contemporary phenomena of its popularity and the notoreity of some its modern purveyors. "Kabbalah: A Guide for the Perplexed" is a concise and accessible introduction to the major elements of the prevalent metaphysical system of Judaism, Kabbalah. The book covers the historical and theoretical essence of Kabbalah, offering a clear definition of the term and the limitations of what Kabbalah is and is not. Pinchas Giller provides an overview of the history of the movement, reflecting the sweep of Jewish history as a whole, and examines its metaphysical system, the advanced mythos of early and later Luria, doctrines of the soul, and the mysteries of Jewish religious practice and law. The book concludes with a summary of the contemporary kabbalistic phenomena, particularly in light of the notoriety of some modern purveyors of Kabbalah. As cogent and objective as possible, this is the ideal companion for those wishing to gain a sound understanding of this often perplexing mystical aspect of Judaism. "Continuum's Guides for the Perplexed" are clear, concise and accessible introductions to thinkers, writers and subjects that students and readers can find especially challenging - or indeed downright bewildering. Concentrating specifically on what it is that makes the subject difficult to grasp, these books explain and explore key themes and ideas, guiding the reader towards a thorough understanding of demanding material.

The Bible Through Metaphor and Translation - A Cognitive Semantic Perspective (Paperback): Kurt Feyaerts The Bible Through Metaphor and Translation - A Cognitive Semantic Perspective (Paperback)
Kurt Feyaerts
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This volume assembles selected proceedings of a conference held at the University of Leuven in July 1998. It sheds light on the tension between 'change' and 'preservation' in religious language. More specifically, the volume focuses on metaphor and translation as two sources of linguistic (semantic) change, which both play an important role in the continuous process of interpreting and re-interpreting discourse, i.e. the Bible. Although operating on different grounds with different intensity and range, both processes face the same challenge of finding new, historically and co(n)textually appropriate linguistic means to express a complex content. With regard to the cultural (religious) and historical embeddedness of different communities, the requirement of linguistic appropriateness inevitably leads to a continuous process of semantic adjustment ('reinterpretation') of earlier versions of a text. In dealing with religious language, however, this process of semantic change, which from a linguistic point of view may seem inevitable, sometimes faces severe opposition from the religious community itself. This very tension between the natural process of semantic change and the strong preserving power relating to the sacred content of religious language renders religious language a unique object of study for linguists, theologians, exegetes and others.

Against Cheap Grace in a World Come of Age - An Intellectual Biography of Clayton Powell, 1865-1953 (Paperback): Ralph Garlin... Against Cheap Grace in a World Come of Age - An Intellectual Biography of Clayton Powell, 1865-1953 (Paperback)
Ralph Garlin Clingan
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Clayton Powell (1865-1953) was one of a very few African-American religious, cultural, and social leaders of his era to oppose what he called the cheap grace of racist conservative and liberal ideologies in what he called a world come of age. His use of what a sociologist and several philosophers called the emotionalization of the ideal changed his congregations, cities, and nation, as well as one German Sunday school teacher - Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Ralph Garlin Clingan explores Powell's role as a radical, progressive prophet with a well thought out program of emotionalizing the ideal of the meek, universal love of Jesus Christ, the center of his life and ideal church, and raising a standard for his community and the world. Powell is discussed in the context of his sources, current Bonhoeffer scholarship, and today's issues.

Thought Clothed with Sound - Augustine's Christological Hermeneutics in De Doctrina Christiana (Paperback): Tarmo Toom Thought Clothed with Sound - Augustine's Christological Hermeneutics in De Doctrina Christiana (Paperback)
Tarmo Toom
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The present study discusses the symbiotic relationship between Augustine's hermeneutical insights and Christology. It focuses on the first three books of De doctrina Christiana in their given sequence. Since Augustine's hermeneutics implies a Christological epistemology, the author approaches De doctrina Christiana through Augustine's early epistemological treatises Contra Academicos and De Magistro. The former defends the possibility of certain knowledge, and the latter explains how this knowledge is gained through the illuminative activity of the Inner Teacher. The work also integrates linguistic signification in ancient philosophy which prepares the ground for understanding Augustine's 'science of signs' and the fundamental Christological analogy in doc. Chr. 1.13. This study exemplifies that Augustine's whole semiotic system is constructed around the fundamental Sign, the humanity of Christ, which in its hypostatic union with the divine nature enables one to know God through Christ the human being. Contents: patristic exegesis--Christology and exegesis--Augustine on interpretation--History of biblical interpretation--Thought and language--Linguistic signification--Ancient philosophy and theology--Augustine and the ancient philosophical tradition--Literal and figurative interpretation--Regula fidei and biblical interpretation--Ancient epistemology and hermeneutics--Augustine on understanding the bible--The scriptural words and Christ the Word--The analogy between incarnation and the scripture

The Book of Amos as Composed and Read in Antiquity (Hardcover): Aaron W. Park The Book of Amos as Composed and Read in Antiquity (Hardcover)
Aaron W. Park
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The Book of Amos as Composed and Read in Antiquity treats the redaction of the Book of Amos and the history of its reception in Second Temple period works including the Septuagint, the Dead Sea Scrolls, and some early Christian and Rabbinic Jewish literature. The first part of this book employs form- and redaction-critical methods. From a synchronic analysis, it attempts to establish a literary structure, genre, setting, and intention with respect to the present form of the Book of Amos. A diachronic analysis attempts to uncover earlier literary-redactional layers based on a set of controlled criteria characterized by literary uniqueness. The second part is a study on Nachleben (living tradition) and employs Comparative Midrash in sensu lato. This book draws the reader's attention to many differing voices documented among the various believing communities in antiquity.

God, Biblical Stories and Psychoanalytic Understanding (Paperback): Rainer Kessler, Patrick Vandermeersch God, Biblical Stories and Psychoanalytic Understanding (Paperback)
Rainer Kessler, Patrick Vandermeersch
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The Qur'an - Formative Interpretation (Hardcover, New Ed): Andrew Rippin The Qur'an - Formative Interpretation (Hardcover, New Ed)
Andrew Rippin; Series edited by Lawrence I. Conrad
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This volume is one of two edited by Andrew Rippin which are designed to complement one another, and to comprehend the principal trends in modern scholarship on the Qur'an. Both volumes are provided with a new introduction by the editor, analysing this scholarship, and providing references for further study. The Qur'an: Formative Interpretation is concerned with the questions that have been addressed within the study of the early interpretation (tafsir) of the Qur'an. These papers exemplify the areas of debate within the field, the need for detailed investigative scholarship of individual texts, and the progress made in the systematic study of these early works.

Interpreting the Qur'an - A Guide for the Uninitiated (Hardcover): Clinton Bennett Interpreting the Qur'an - A Guide for the Uninitiated (Hardcover)
Clinton Bennett
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Post 9/11, sales of translations of the Qur'an have greatly increased. Students and general readers alike are increasingly interested in the sacred writings of Islam. But the Qur'an can often make difficult reading. It lacks continuous narrative, and different types of material dealing with different topics are often found in the same chapter. Also, readers often attempt to read the book from start to finish and without any knowledge of the life and experiences of both Muhammad and the community of Islam. Introductions to the Qur'an attempt to make interpretation of these complex scriptures easier by discussing context, history and different interpretations, and presenting selective textual examples. Bennett's new introduction takes a fresh approach to studying the Qur'an. By reordering parts of the Qur'an, placing its chapters and verses into a continuous narrative, the author creates a framework that untangles and elucidates its seemingly unconnected content. Through this new approach the reader will come to understand various aspects of the Qur'an's interpretation, from Muhammad's life, to Muslim conduct and prayer, to legal considerations.

Synopse Zu Den Briefen Des Neuen Testaments Synopsis of the New Testament Letters - Teil II: Die Pastoralbriefe Vol. II: The... Synopse Zu Den Briefen Des Neuen Testaments Synopsis of the New Testament Letters - Teil II: Die Pastoralbriefe Vol. II: The Pastoral Epistles (English, German, Paperback)
Rainer Reuter
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Die dem Apostel Paulus zugeschriebenen Briefe an Timotheus und Titus (Pastoralbriefe) sind erwiesenermassen pseudepigraphische Schriften. Da sie sich aber nicht nur an den Sprachgebrauch der echten Paulusbriefe anlehnen, sondern auch deutlich auf deren Inhalt Bezug nehmen, scheint eine literarische Beziehung zwischen beiden Schriftengruppen zu bestehen. Das gilt ueber die echten Paulusbriefe hinaus auch fuer das Verhaeltnis zwischen Pastoralbriefen einerseits und Kolosser-, Epheser- und II. Thessalonicherbrief andererseits. Nach mehr als einhundertfuenfzig Jahren kritischer Forschung an den Pastoralbriefen ist die Zeit reif fuer eine umfassende synoptische Darstellung der Parallelen. Diese Synopse will die weitere kritische Forschung an den Pastoralbriefen foerdern und zugleich die bisher erzielten Forschungsergebnisse sichern. The Epistles to Timothy and Titus (Pastoral Epistles) attributed to the Apostle Paul have been proven to be pseudepigraphic epistles. However, because they are not based solely on the kind of language used in the genuine Pauline Epistles but also clearly refer to the contents of these Epistles there seems to be some kind of literary relationship between the two groups of documents. As well as the genuine Pauline Epistles, this also applies to the relationship between the Pastoral Epistles on the one hand and Colossians, Ephesians and II Thessalonians on the other. After more than one hundred and fifty years of critical research on the Pastoral Epistles time is ripe for a comprehensive synoptic presentation of these parallels. This synopsis aims to promote further critical research on the Pastoral Epistles but also to consolidate the results of former research.

The Episode at Lystra - A Rhetorical and Semiotic Analysis of Acts 14:7-20a (Hardcover): Marianne Fournier The Episode at Lystra - A Rhetorical and Semiotic Analysis of Acts 14:7-20a (Hardcover)
Marianne Fournier
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This book examines the episode of Paul's encounter with the Hellenistic culture at Lystra as related in The Acts of the Apostles using the synchronic methods of semiotics and rhetorical analysis. After comparing the results of the analyses and discussing the merits, limitations, and complementarity of both methods, the author brings to the fore the literary and theological questions posed by the text. The significance of the episode is discussed in the context of the book of Acts.

Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana - A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra... Bodhisattvas of the Forest and the Formation of the Mahayana - A Study and Translation of the Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra (Hardcover, Annotated edition)
Daniel Boucher
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This volume delves into the socio religious milieu of the authors, editors, and propagators of the ""Rastrapalapariprccha-sutra"" (Questions of Rastrapala), a Buddhist text circulating in India during the first half of the first millennium C.E. Daniel Boucher first reflects upon the problems that plague historians of Mahayana Buddhism, whose previous efforts to comprehend the tradition have often ignored the social dynamics that motivated some of the innovations of this new literature. Following that is a careful analysis of several motifs found in the Indian text and an examination of the value of the earliest Chinese translation for charting the sutra's evolution.The first part of the study looks at the relationship between the bodily glorification of the Buddha and the ascetic career that produced it within the socioeconomic world of early medieval Buddhist monasticism. Boucher then focuses on a third-century Chinese translation of the sutra and traces the changes in the translation to the late tenth century. He concludes with an annotated translation of the sutra based on a new reading of its earliest extant Sanskrit manuscript.

How to Read the Qur'an (Paperback): Mona Siddiqui How to Read the Qur'an (Paperback)
Mona Siddiqui; Series edited by Simon Critchley
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The Qur'an is the scripture of Islam, sacred to over one billion Muslims worldwide. It is regarded by Muslims as the direct word of God, timeless and unchanged. Muslims turn to the Qur'an not only for prayer and worship but also to understand the essence of their relationship with God. Mona Siddiqui considers how the Qur'an has been understood by Muslims in the intellectual traditions of Islam as well as in popular worship. She explores the "big themes" of prophecy, law, sin, and salvation, and what the Qur'an teaches about the particular place of Islam as God's last revelation in human history. Siddiqui's central concern is that Muslims must look to the Qur'an to breathe new life into the social and ethical relations between Muslims and non-Muslims.

The Open Canon - On the Meaning of Halakhic Discourse (Paperback): Avi Sagi The Open Canon - On the Meaning of Halakhic Discourse (Paperback)
Avi Sagi
R767 Discovery Miles 7 670 Special order

In this groundbreaking study, Avi Sagi outlines a broad spectrum of answers to important questions presented in Jewish literature, covering theological issues bearing on the meaning of the Torah and of revelation, as well as hermeneutical questions regarding understanding of the halakhic text.This is the first volume to attempt to provide a comprehensive map of the available views and theories concerning the theological, hermeneutical, and ontological meaning of dispute as a constitutive element of Halakhah. It offers an attentive reading of the texts and strives to present, clearly and exhaustively, the conscious account of Jewish tradition in general and of halakhic tradition in particular concerning the meaning of halakhic discourse. The Robert and Arlene Kogod Library of Judaic Studies publishes new research which serves to enhance the quality of dialogue between Jewish classical sources and the modern world, to enrich the meanings of Jewish thought and to explore the varieties of Jewish life.

Rhetorical Mosaic for a Kaleidoscope of Sound - Poetry as a Road to Understanding the Prose Voice (Hardcover): John F Britt Rhetorical Mosaic for a Kaleidoscope of Sound - Poetry as a Road to Understanding the Prose Voice (Hardcover)
John F Britt
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This work employs drama and imagination to guide the reader to the discovery of voice. Through this consciousness, the reader is involved in the role of poetry and rhetoric in the comprehension of prose from Homer, Plato and the Bible to John Henry Newman, James Joyce and Norman Mailer and in the role of autobiography in developing a philosophy of life. From these an interest in methods develops. Voice and image unite to challenge today's visual orthodoxy by moving the reader beyond typography to a secondary orality described by Walter Ong in the work's inspiration, Orality and Literacy.

Humans and the Earth - Toward a Personal Ecology (Paperback): David W Rutledge Humans and the Earth - Toward a Personal Ecology (Paperback)
David W Rutledge
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This fresh approach to ecological issues argues that there are important connections between the personal alienations inherited from critical philosophy and the cosmic alienation we call the environmental crisis. Rooted in the historical development of modern attitudes to nature, this study breaks new ground by applying a post-critical perspective to western views of God, humanity, and the natural world. Using the thought of Michael Polanyi, Wendell Berry, Wilfrid Cantwell Smith and William Poteat, it points a way out of our abuse of the earth through a renewing of incarnate life, in which our minds are no longer separated from the natural bodies they express.

Heavenly Torah - As Refracted Through the Generations (Paperback, New edition): Abraham Joshua Heschel Heavenly Torah - As Refracted Through the Generations (Paperback, New edition)
Abraham Joshua Heschel; Edited by Gordon Tucker; Translated by Gordon Tucker
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Known most widely for his role in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s, Abraham Joshua Heschel made major scholarly contributions to the fields of biblical studies, rabbinics, medieval Jewish philosophy, Hasidism, and mysticism. Yet, his most ambitious scholarly achievement, his three-volume study of Rabbinic Judaism, is only now appearing in English. Heschel's great insight is that the world of rabbinic thought can be divided into two types or schools, those of Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Ishmael, and that the historic disputes between the two are based on fundamental differences over the nature of revelation and religion. Furthermore, this disagreement constitutes a basic and necessary ongoing polarity within Judaism between immanence and transcendence, mysticism and rationalism, neo-Platonism and Aristotelianism. Heschel then goes on to show how these two fundamental theologies of revelation may be used to interpret a great number of topics central to Judaism.

Jacob's Tears - The Priestly Work of Reconciliation (Paperback, New Ed): Mary Douglas Jacob's Tears - The Priestly Work of Reconciliation (Paperback, New Ed)
Mary Douglas
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Who is Israel? Who were the priestly authors of the Pentateuch? This anthropological reading of the Bible, by a world-renowned scholar, starts by asking why the Book of Numbers lists the twelve tribes of Israel seven times. Mary Douglas argues that the editors, far from being a separate elite unconcerned with their congregation's troubles, cherished a political agenda, a religious protest against the government of Judah's exclusionary policies. The priestly theology depends on God's Covenant with all the descendants of Jacob, including the sons of Joseph. It would have been unpatriotic, even subversive, to speak against the wars with Samaria. This book suggest an explanation of the editors' disappearance from the history of Israel.

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