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Violent Rituals of the Hebrew Bible

ISBN : 9780190681906

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¥11,396
Author: 
Saul M. Olyan
Pages
168 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
156 x 156 mm
Pub date
Dec 2019
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Although seldom studied by biblical scholars as a discrete phenomenon, ritual violence is mentioned frequently in biblical texts, and includes ritual actions such as disfigurement of corpses, destruction or scattering of bones removed from a tomb, stoning and other forms of public execution, cursing, forced depilation, the legally-sanctioned imposition of physical defects on living persons, coerced potion-drinking, sacrificial burning of animals and humans, forced stripping and exposure of the genitalia, and mass eradication of populations. This book, the first to focus on ritual violence in the Hebrew Bible, investigates these and other violent rites, the ritual settings in which they occur, their various literary contexts, and the identity and aims of their agents in order to speak in an informed way about the contours and social aspects of ritual violence as it is represented in the Hebrew Bible.

Index: 

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
Chapter 1: Ritual Violence Prescribed
Chapter 2: Violent Rites Narrated
Chapter 3: Ritual Violence Envisioned
Chapter 4: Ritual Inversion and Mitigating Rites
Chapter 5: The Role of Circumstantially Dependent Rites in Ritual Violence
Chapter 6: The Social Dimensions of Ritual Violence
Conclusion
Notes
Indexes

About the author: 

Saul M. Olyan is the Samuel Ungerleider Jr. Professor of Judaic Studies and Professor of Religious Studies at Brown University. He is the author, most recently, of Friendship in the Hebrew Bible.

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