Supernatural Power Ritual and Divination in Ancient Israelite Society: A Social-scientific, Poetics, and Comparative Analysis of Deuteronomy 18

Taylor, Glen A. (2005) Supernatural Power Ritual and Divination in Ancient Israelite Society: A Social-scientific, Poetics, and Comparative Analysis of Deuteronomy 18. PhD thesis, University of Gloucestershire.

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Abstract

The thesis argued for here is that a social-scientific, poetics, and comparative analysis reveals that all the religious phenomena listed in Deuteronomy 1 8.10-11 are bound together in a conceptual unity. The religious practitioners and practices enumerated properly portray various elements characteristic of ANE religious beliefs in conflict with an emerging, world-constructing, and ideologically explicit Yahwistic vision of reality. Furthermore, Deuteronomy presents the Yahwistic prophet, the nābi’ as the preeminent symbol of Yahwistic reality, which seeks to replace all other notions of reality in the Israelite community. This study makes contributions to an interdisciplinary approach to biblical interpretation by using a combination of social-scientific criticism, poetics literary analysis, and comparative analysis of ANE religions and ethnographic field studies. Special significance is given to Meir Sternberg's poetics analysis, Peter Berger's theory of world-construction, Michael Carrither's theory of intersubjectivity, and Douglas Davies' theory of clusters of belief This study also makes contributions to the understanding of the unique role of the Yahwistic prophet as preeminent cultural symbol in Israelite society.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Thesis Advisors:
Thesis AdvisorEmailURL
Wenham, GordonUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Davies, DouglasUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bible studies, Deuteronomy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BS The Bible
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Liberal and Performance Arts > Religious, Philosophical and Historical Studies
Depositing User: Phil Davis
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2016 10:07
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 09:38
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/3144

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