Imagining' Biblical Worlds

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The essays in this volume address the interface between biblical studies, archaeology, sociology and cultural anthropology, celebrating the pioneering work of James Flanagan. In particular, this collection explores various ways in which the real ancient world is constructed by the modern critical reader with the aid of various theoretical and practical tools.The contributors to this volume have all been involved with Flanagan and his projects during his academic career and the essays carry forward the important ...

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Overview

The essays in this volume address the interface between biblical studies, archaeology, sociology and cultural anthropology, celebrating the pioneering work of James Flanagan. In particular, this collection explores various ways in which the real ancient world is constructed by the modern critical reader with the aid of various theoretical and practical tools.The contributors to this volume have all been involved with Flanagan and his projects during his academic career and the essays carry forward the important interdisciplinary agendas he has encouraged. Part One deals with his recent interest in spatiality and Part Two with social and historical constructs.This book in James Flanagan's honour represents a significant statement of research in an area of biblical and historical research that is increasingly important yet surprisingly under-represented.

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Dr. David M. Gunn is A.A. Bradford Professor of Religion at the Texas Christian University.

'Paula McNutt is Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, Canisius College, New York.

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations vii
List of Contributors ix
Introduction 1
Select Bibliography of James W. Flanagan 10
Part I Spatial Constructs
Critical Spatiality and the Construction of the Ancient World 14
'Fathers of the Empty Spaces' and 'Strangers Forever': Social Marginality and the Construction of Space 30
Joshua 22 and the Ideology of Space 51
Storied Space, or, Ben Sira 'Tells' a Temple 64
Space and Sects in the Qumran Scrolls 81
Omitting the Omissions: The Case for Haplography in the Transmission of the Biblical Texts 99
Embodied Typology: Modeling the Mosaic Tabernacle 117
Covering David: Michelangelo's David from the Piazza della Signoria to my Refrigerator Door 139
Specters of Moses: Overtures to Biblical Hauntology 171
Part II Social and Historical Constructs
Rethinking the Origins of Ancient Israel 190
'Where Angels Fear to Tread...': An Account of the Development of the Social-Scientific Approach to the Study of the Ancient World 202
Ritual and Social Regulation in Ancient Israel: The Importance of the Social Context for Ritual Studies and a Case Study--The Ritual of the Red Heifer 219
Levantine Horned Altars: An Aegean Perspective on the Transformation of Socio-Religious Reproduction 233
Bronze Age Agriculture in the Dead Sea Basin: The Cases of Bab edh-Dhra, Numeira and Tell Nimrin 250
Chronology and Archives--When Does the History of Israel and Judah Begin? 264
The Poetics of the History of Israel: Shaping Palestinian History 277
Bibliography 297
Index of References 327
Index of Authors 332
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