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Bibil Identifier bibil:249041
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Donkeys in the Biblical World
Title (English, ) Ceremony and Symbol
Author Way, Kenneth C.
Series History, Archaeology, and Culture of the Levant (Volume: 2)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature USA 36326
Place 22.08
Publishing house Winona Lake
Place Eisenbrauns
ISBN 978-1-57506-213-6
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages xvi Pages
272 Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract In this volume, Kenneth Way explores the role of donkeys in the symbolism and ceremonies of the biblical world. His study stands alone in providing a comprehensive examination of donkeys in ancient Near Eastern texts, the archaeological record, and the Hebrew Bible. Way demonstrates that donkeys held a distinct status in the beliefs and rituals of the ancient Near East and especially Canaan-Israel.

The focus on ceremony and symbol encompasses social and religious thoughts and practices that are reflected in ancient texts and material culture relating to the donkey. Ceremonial considerations include matters of sacrifice, treaty ratification, consumption, death, burial, “scapegoat” rituals, and foundation deposits; symbolic considerations include matters of characterization, association, function, behavior, and iconographic depiction. However, the distinction between ceremony and symbol is not strict. In many cases, these two categories are symbiotic.

The need for this study on donkeys is very apparent in the disciplines that study the biblical world. There is not a single monograph or article that treats this subject comprehensively. Philologists have discussed the meaning of the Amorite phrase “to kill a jackass,” and archaeologists have discussed the phenomenon of equid burials. But until now, neither philologists nor archaeologists have attempted to pull together all the ceremonial and symbolic data on donkeys from burials, ancient Near Eastern texts, and the Hebrew Bible. Way’s study fills this void.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Donkey
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament
Pericopes Genesis 33,18-34,31
Joshua 24,32
Judges 8,33-9,57
Exodus 13,13
Exodus 34,20
Numbers 22,22-22,35
1 Kings 13
Jeremiah 22,19
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