The Oxford Handbook of ritual and worship in the Hebrew Bible / [print] edited by Samuel E. Balentine. - New York, NY : Oxford University Press, (c)2020. - xiii, 574 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm. - Oxford Handbooks Series . - Oxford handbooks. .

Introduction/ Part I. Historical contexts ; Mesopotamian religion/ Ritual and worship in ancient Egypt/ The Hittites serve their gods/ Syria-Palestine : worship and ritual/ The Greeks and their rituals/ Part II. Interpretive approaches ; History of religion/ Rituals and ritual theory : a methodological essay/ Social and cultural anthropology/ Part III. Ritual elements: participants, places, times, objects, practices ; God, gods, and humankkind (worldview) / Friedhelm Hartenstein ; Sacred space and common space/ Ritual experts and participants in the Ancient Near East and the Hebrew Bible/ Sacred and ritual times/ Ritual objects and artifacts/ Ritual and religious practices/ Ritualizing iconic Jewish texts/ Ritualizing Christian iconic texts/ Ritualizing Muslim iconic texts/ Part IV. Cultural and theological perspectives ; Sin and expiation/ Clean/unclean, pure/impure, holy/profane/ Sickness and healing/ Death and afterlife/ Divine presence and absence/ Part V. History of interpretation ; Ritual and worship at Qumran/ Influence on early Christian worship/ Ritual and worship in early Judaism/ Rabbinic Judaism/ Part VI. Socio-cultural functions ; The politics of worship/ The ethics of worship/ Socio-religious functions of worship/ The economics of worship in ancient Israel and Judah/ Part VII. Theology and theological heritage ; Ritual theology in/and biblical theology/ Welcoming the Sabbath on the kibbutzim : secular religiosity/ One God, multiple rituals and theologies : Christianity/ Islamic ritual/ Samuel E. Balentine ; Tzvi Abusch ; Emily Teeter ; Gary Beckman ; Adrian Curtis ; Barbara Kowalzig ; Lester L. Grabbe ; Ithamar Gruenwald ; William K. Gilders ; Michael B. Hundley ; Thomas Hieke ; Andrew R. Davis ; Ryan P. Bonfiglio ; Roy E. Gane ; James W. Watts ; Dorina Miller Parmenter ; Jonas Svensson ; David Janzen ; Jonathan D. Lawrence ; Deborah Rooke ; Brian B. Schmidt ; Angelika Berlejung ; Eileen M. Schuller ; Paul F. Bradshaw ; Judith H. Newman ; Stefan C. Reif ; William S. Morrow ; Eryl Davies ; Stephen L. Cook ; Joachim Schaper ; Gerald Klingbeil ; Dalia Marx ; Rodney A. Werline ; Richard Gauvain.

"The conceit in the title of this volume is that ritual, however expansively it may be defined, is ineluctably tethered to religion and worship. It has a primal connection to the idea that a transcendent order - numinous and mysterious, supranatural and elusive, divine and wholly other - gives meaning and purpose to life. The construction of rites and rituals enables humans to conceive and apprehend this transcendent order, to symbolize it and interact with it, to postulate its truths in the face of contradicting realities and to repair them when they have been breached or diminished. The focus of this Handbook is on ritual and worship from the perspective of biblical studies, particularly on the Hebrew Bible and its ancient Near Eastern antecedents. Within this context, attention will be given to the development of ideas in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim thinking, but only insofar as they connect with or extend the trajectory of biblical precedents. The volume reflects a wide range of analytical approaches to ancient texts, inscriptions, iconography, and ritual artifacts. It examines the social history and cultural knowledge encoded in rituals, and explores the way rituals shape and are shaped by politics, economics, ethical imperatives, and religion itself. Toward this end, the volume is organized into six major sections: Historical Contexts, Interpretive Approaches, Ritual Elements (participants, places, times, objects, practices), Underlying Cultural and Theological Perspectives, History of Interpretation, Social-Cultural Functions, and Theology and Theological Heritage"--

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Ritual--Biblical teaching.

Middle East--Religion.

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BS1199.B354.R588 2020 BS1199.W76.B183.O946 2020

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