9780415127714

Sacred Enigmas

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415127714

  • ISBN10:

    0415127718

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 1996-12-09
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Summary

Sacred Enigmasassesses the religious and intellectual significance of the Hebrew Bible both as a document of its time and as an important step in the development of thought. It presents the major aspects of biblical religion through detailed literary analyses of key texts, presented in English translation to make them accessible to the general reader as well as scholars. Each of the central traditions of biblical religion is examined -- covenantal cultic. wisdom and prophetic -- as well as a number of important themes, like the roles of mystery and sexuality. At the same time, the cultural and social background is explained and described, placing the ideas uncovered in a specific temporal and cultural setting.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vi(1)
Preface vii
1 INTRODUCTION
1(8)
2 THE STRUGGLE AT THE JABBOK: THE USES OF ENIGMA IN BIBLICAL RELIGION
9(21)
3 FIERY WISDOM: THE DEUTERONOMIC TRADITION
30(32)
4 BLOOD CULT: AN INTERPRETATION OF THE PRIESTLY WORK OF THE PENTATEUCH
62(25)
5 WHERE IS WISDOM?
87(21)
6 THE RIDDLE OF PROPHECY
108(34)
7 THE RAPE OF DINAH: SEXUALITY AND TRANSCENDENCE
142(15)
8 THE GARDEN OF SELF
157(11)
9 LITERATURE, HISTORY, AND RELIGION
168(27)
EPILOGUE 195(3)
NOTES 198(22)
Index 220

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