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Bibil Identifier bibil:230793
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Divine Substitution
Title (English, ) Humanity as the Manifestation of Deity in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East
Author Herring, Stephen L.
Series Forschungen zur Religion und Literatur des Alten und Neuen Testaments (Volume: 247)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature SBA 53/247
Place 221.08
Publishing house Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht
Place Göttingen
ISBN 978-3-525-53612-4
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 244 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract Divine Substitution is an investigation of ancient conceptualizations of divine presence. Specifically, this thesis investigates the possibility that the ancient Mesopotamian conceptualization of cultic and royal statues, thought to actually manifest the presence of gods and kings, can likewise be found in ancient Israel. Despite the overly pessimistic view of the later biblical authors, material objects were almost certainly believed to extend and manifest the presence of God in pre-exilic Israel (e.g., standing stones). Likewise, the later polemics against such cultic concepts demonstrate Israel’s familiarity with this type of conceptualization. These polemics engaged in the rhetoric of mutilation and destruction of cultic representations, the erasure and re-inscription of divine names, and the rhetorical deconstruction of the specific Mesopotamian rituals thought to transform the dead statue into a living god. Though the biblical reflection of these concepts is more often found in the negative commentary regarding “foreign” cultic practices, S. Herring demonstrates that these opinions were not universally held. At least three biblical texts (Gen 1:26f.; Ex 34:29-34; and Ezek 36-37) portray the conceptualization that material images could manifest the divine presence in positive terms. Yet, these positive attestations were limited to a certain type of material image – humans.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Image of God
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Image
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Mesopotamia (Elam, Mari, Sumer, Babylon, Assyria) : Mesopotamia (in general) : Literature : Rituals and Magical Texts
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Archaeology : Themes : Cults
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Kingship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconoclasm
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : God - Humanity Relationship
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Presence
Pericopes Deuteronomy 12,2-12,3
Genesis 1
Exodus 34,29-34,35
Exodus 32
Exodus 36-37
Terms בָּמָה במה
מַצֵּבָה מצבה
פֶּסֶל פסל
אֲשֵׁרָה אשׁרה אשׁירה
אָרוֹן ארן ארון
צֶלֶם צלם
צְלֶם צלם
Last modification 2017-10-27