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Bibil Identifier bibil:210363
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Atonement Patterns in Biblical Narrative
Title (English, ) Rebellious Sons, Scapegoats and Boy Substitutes
Author Carden, Michael
Journal The Bible and Critical Theory (Volume: 5, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 1-15 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The paper gives an overview of Atonement ritual patterns and symbolism before examining how Atonement elements are played out in certain biblical narratives. I survey a number of narratives from Genesis, Joshua, Judges and 1 Samuel before exploring the atonement patterns in the 2 Samuel story of the rebellion and death of Absalom. The Day of Atonement was not unique to the ‘Israelite’ Temple/s. While I believe ‘Israel’ had its own unique understanding of Atonement, ‘Israelite’ Temple symbolism, rituals and motifs are derived from and are part of a broader family of Middle Eastern Temple theologies and practice. Atonement is related to the New Year and world renewal, celebrating the divine overcoming of Chaos e.g Marduk vs Tiamat, El/Athirat vs Yam/Leviathan, Baal vs Yam & Mot, YHWH vs Yam/Leviathan(/Azazel?). Over 30 years ago, Rictor Norton identified a homo-erotic element in such mythologies and associated sacrificial rituals. My reading of Atonement patterns in the Absalom narrative highlights such homo-erotic possibilities.
DOI 10.2104/bc090004
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Expiation
Pericopes Leviticus 16
2 Samuel 15-18
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