Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions

Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions

By: Saul M. Olyan (author)Hardback

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A comprehensive analysis of the ritual dimensions of biblical mourning rites, this book also seeks to illuminate mourning's social dimensions through engagement with anthropological discussion of mourning, from Hertz and van Gennep to contemporaries such as Metcalf and Huntington and Bloch and Parry. The author identifies four types of biblical mourning, and argues that mourning the dead is paradigmatic. He investigates why mourning can occur among petitioners in a sanctuary setting even given mourning's death associations; why certain texts proscribe some mourning rites (laceration and shaving) but not others; and why the mixing of the rites of mourning and rejoicing, normally incompatible, occurs in the same ritual in several biblical texts.

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Saul M. Olyan is Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University


Introduction ; 1. Mourning the Dead ; 2. Petitionary Mourning ; 3. Mourning in Other Contexts ; 4. The Constraints on Mourning Rites ; 5. The Sanctioned Mixing of Mourning and Rejoicing ; Conclusion

Product Details

  • publication date: 08/01/2004
  • ISBN13: 9780199264865
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 184
  • ID: 9780199264865
  • weight: 335
  • ISBN10: 0199264864

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