Israel In The Mirror Of Nature: Animal Metaphors In The Ritual And Narratives Of Ancient Israel

The conversation that has been taking place between literary criticism and anthropology has drawn attention to the ways in which metaphors participate in shaping social practice. This paper explores the various relationships between certain dominant metaphors of Israelite thought and various rituals...

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Published in:Journal of ritual studies
Main Author: Eilberg-Schwartz, Howard 1956-
Format: Print Article
Language:English
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Published: Dep. [1988]
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In: Journal of ritual studies
Year: 1988, Volume: 2, Issue: 1, Pages: 1-30
Further subjects:B animal husbandry
B Herds
B Humans
B Incest
B Religious rituals
B Christianity
B Mothers
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:The conversation that has been taking place between literary criticism and anthropology has drawn attention to the ways in which metaphors participate in shaping social practice. This paper explores the various relationships between certain dominant metaphors of Israelite thought and various rituals and narratives of ancient Israel. It argues that the root metaphors of Israelite thought, which are drawn from animal husbandry and agriculture, gave rise to a number of religious practices and provide the interpretive context in which these practices can be understood. By this account the rituals of ancient Israel act out the implications of those metaphors that dominate Israelite thought.
ISSN:0890-1112
Contains:Enthalten in: Journal of ritual studies