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Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East

P.R.S. Moorey

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262801
eISBN:
9780191734526
Item type:
book
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262801.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This book presents work that investigates the numerous miniature baked clay images from Canaan, Israel and Judah (c.1600–600 bc). They constitute vital evidence for the imagery and domestic rituals ... More


Revolution and Evolution: Ancient Near Eastern Backgrounds to Creation

William P. Brown

in The Seven Pillars of Creation: The Bible, Science, and the Ecology of Wonder

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199730797
eISBN:
9780199777075
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199730797.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Theology

As background to studying the biblical texts within their ancient contexts, this chapter surveys several extra-biblical texts of the ancient Near East. Traditions from Mesopotamian, Egypt, and Canaan ... More


The Eternal Deferral

Jonathan Z. Smith

in Hermeneutics, Politics, and the History of Religions: The Contested Legacies of Joachim Wach and Mircea Eliade

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780195394337
eISBN:
9780199777358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394337.003.0010
Subject:
Religion, Theology

This chapter poses the question of whether or not the “companion volume” that Eliade promised in Patterns in Comparative Religions can be identified with “the awkward, multi-volume, unfinished ... More


Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Stephen R. Haynes

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780195142792
eISBN:
9780199834280
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195142799.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This book is a study in the history of biblical interpretation with implications for contemporary social relations. It illumines the religious dimensions of America's racial history by exploring how ... More


The Exodus in Biblical Memory

Ronald Hendel

in Remembering Abraham: Culture, Memory, and History in the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
February 2006
ISBN:
9780195177961
eISBN:
9780199784622
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195177967.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The narrative of the Exodus preserves various facets of collective memory. The memories of Egyptian slavery, of devastating plagues, and of the figure of Moses can be correlated in various ways with ... More


In the Beginning: Origins and Originating Questions

P. R. S. Moorey

in Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262801
eISBN:
9780191734526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262801.003.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter discusses terracottas and Old Testament study and looks at two paradigm shifts in recent scholarship in the origins of Israelite religion and in cognitive archaeology. It next turns to ... More


Terracottas in Early Complex Societies: Sumer, Babylonia, Syria, Egypt and Canaan (c. 3000–1150 bc)

P. R. S. Moorey

in Idols of the People: Miniature Images of Clay in the Ancient Near East

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197262801
eISBN:
9780191734526
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197262801.003.0002
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter provides contrasts in the terracotta imagery of Canaan, Israel and Judah. This is followed by an examination on the emergence of nude female images in early urban societies in Sumer, ... More


Race, Sex, and the Curse: When Myths Go Wrong

J. David Pleins

in When the Great Abyss Opened: Classic and Contemporary Readings of Noah's Flood

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199733637
eISBN:
9780199852505
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199733637.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In various versions of the Children's Bible, we observe that some narratives such as Noah's naked drunkenness and how he had cursed Ham's son Canaan have been left out, as have other scenes that ... More


Israel’s Early History in Recent Scholarship

James K. Hoffmeier

in Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130881
eISBN:
9780199853403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130881.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The Israelites' exodus from Egypt has been considered to be a historical event central to the formation of ancient Israel as a nation and its faith. The historicity of this event was affirmed by John ... More


The Origins of Israel: The Current Debate

James K. Hoffmeier

in Israel in Egypt: The Evidence for the Authenticity of the Exodus Tradition

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195130881
eISBN:
9780199853403
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195130881.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The old consensus regarding Israel's entry into Canaan, as the book of Joshua claims, has been largely abandoned because the archaeological record has not corroborated a literal interpretation and ... More


Ruach Acheret—Ruach Hakodesh/Different Spirit—Sacred Spirit: Parashat Shelach (Numbers 13:1–15:41)

Camille Shira Angel

in Torah Queeries: Weekly Commentaries on the Hebrew Bible

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814720127
eISBN:
9780814785249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.003.0037
Subject:
Sociology, Sociology of Religion

This chapter presents the account of twelve scouts—one man from each Israelite ancestral tribe—who were commanded to survey the land of Canaan. The scouts returned to the Israelite camp enraptured by ... More


Environmental Data for Specific Sites within the Dead Sea Region

K. O. Emery and David Neev

in Title Pages

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195090949
eISBN:
9780197560655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195090949.003.0007
Subject:
Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology

Discussion of Early Bronze cultural history at Bab edh-Dhr’a and Numeira sites east of the Lisan Peninsula and on the northeast flank of the Dead Sea south basin is ... More


Sodom and Gomorrah Event

K. O. Emery and David Neev

in The Destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and Jericho: Geological, Climatological, and Archaeological Background

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195090949
eISBN:
9780197560655
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195090949.003.0009
Subject:
Archaeology, Biblical Archaeology

About 7800 B.P. after the first effects of warmings and droughts associated with the Atlantic Interval, many people of the Mideast moved into river floodplains where ... More


The Crisis of the Nation: Contending Voices in Prophecy

Christopher Z. Hobson

in The Mount of Vision: African American Prophetic Tradition, 1800-1950

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199895861
eISBN:
9780199980109
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199895861.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Prophetic thinkers disputed whether the nation could ever overcome its sin of oppression. These differences affected agendas for change and debates over emigration. The majority, reflecting ... More


Merchants and Heroes, 1500 BC–1250 BC

David Abulafia

in Title Pages

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
November 2020
ISBN:
9780195323344
eISBN:
9780197562499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195323344.003.0010
Subject:
Earth Sciences and Geography, Cultural and Historical Geography

In the years around 1500 BC Crete experienced not just massive economic changes but very significant political changes. The arrival of a Greek dynasty on ... More


Spirituals in Uncle Tom Shows, Melodramas, and Spectacles

Sandra Jean Graham

in Spirituals and the Birth of a Black Entertainment Industry

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780252041631
eISBN:
9780252050305
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041631.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

Stage productions of Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852) were a staple of theaters across the United States well into the twentieth century. In 1876, after jubilee troupes had ... More


The Ambivalence of the Sovereign Ban: The Homo Sacer and the Biblical Ḥerem

Robert A. Yelle

in Sovereignty and the Sacred: Secularism and the Political Economy of Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226585451
eISBN:
9780226585628
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226585628.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 3 engages with Giorgio Agamben’s argument that sovereignty is disclosed most directly through the ban, which places someone outside or beyond the law. His chief example is the ancient Latin ... More


“Aunt Jane” or Joseph’s Adopted Daughter?

Max Perry Mueller

in Race and the Making of the Mormon People

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9781469636160
eISBN:
9781469633770
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469636160.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

This chapter examines the period during which the Latter-day Saints built “the City of Joseph” in Nauvoo, Illinois. During this time, in a limited manner the Mormons attempted to create a Zion that ... More


To Keep Thee in All Thy Ways (1976–1980)

Gerry Canavan

in Octavia E. Butler

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040665
eISBN:
9780252099106
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040665.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century and Contemporary Literature

This chapter discusses Octavia E. Butler's writing career during the period 1976–1980, focusing on her published works Kindred (1979), “Near of Kin” (1979), and Wild Seed as well as the unpublished ... More


The Curse of Canaan; or, A Fantasy of Origins in Nineteenth-Century America

Brian Connolly

in Connexions: Histories of Race and Sex in North America

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040399
eISBN:
9780252098819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040399.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Race and Ethnicity

This chapter turns to the ways in which nineteenth-century Americans retold the biblical story of the “curse of Ham” as a fantasy to promote the notion of racial purity, which contradicted the social ... More


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