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Ancient Israelite religion, Susan Niditch

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Ancient Israelite religion
Title
Ancient Israelite religion
Statement of responsibility
Susan Niditch
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • In Ancient Israelite Religion, Niditch illuminates the life and the customs of this ancient people, whose religion has so influenced human history. Drawing on the most recent literary scholarship and archaeological evidence, the book gives readers a compelling account of how Israelite culture changed through the three great periods of their past - the distant pre-monarchic age, the monarchies of Israel and Judah, and the Babylonian exile and return. The heart of her book
  • is a rich account of the Israelites' religious life, as revealed in the anthology of ancient Israelite writings called the Hebrew Bible. Niditch explores how they described their experience in God, in the recurring media typical of traditional cultures. For example, God is often identified with fire (as in Moses' encounter with the burning bush), and several women experience annunciations - revelations that they will give birth to a male hero. Niditch offers fascinating
  • insight into the practices of Israelite common religion, suggesting, for example, that Israelites made contact with the dead through mediums - a practice seen in the story of King Saul, who had the spirit of Samuel conjured up. She notes that the Bible contains condemnations of these and other customs, suggesting how widespread they actually were. Niditch also examines central themes of Israelite myth, concentrating on patterns of origin and death, and explores the legal
  • and ethical dimensions of a faith founded upon the Israelites' covenant with God. Strikingly, their code includes much that is unsavory to the modern mind, such as slavery and the stark subordination of women, and there are hints in the Bible of the practice of child sacrifice. The author also paints a detailed picture of the complex rituals - many centered on the purifying power of blood - that Israelite writers portray as framing their daily and annual patterns of
  • life. Most important, Niditch's account allows us to see the world through the Israelites' eyes, as she reconstructs both their habits and their larger worldview. Her insightful, subtly nuanced portrait brings to life this ancient people whose legacy continues to influence, and fascinate, the world today
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DLC
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Niditch, Susan
Dewey number
296/.09/01
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BS1192.5
LC item number
.N53 1997
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
Judaism
Label
Ancient Israelite religion, Susan Niditch
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-138) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35068242
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
146 pages
Isbn
9780195091281
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
96031593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
Label
Ancient Israelite religion, Susan Niditch
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-138) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
35068242
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
146 pages
Isbn
9780195091281
Isbn Type
(pbk. : alk. paper)
Lccn
96031593
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations

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