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The Significance of Sinai: Traditions about Sinai and Divine Revelation in Judaism and Christianity
     

The Significance of Sinai: Traditions about Sinai and Divine Revelation in Judaism and Christianity

by George Brooke
 

ISBN-10: 9004170189

ISBN-13: 9789004170186

Pub. Date: 10/29/2008

Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.

This volume of essays is concerned with ancient and modern Jewish and Christian views of the revelation at Sinai. The theme is highlighted in studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Paul, Josephus, rabbinic literature, art and philosophy. The contributions demonstrate that Sinai, as the location of the revelation, soon became less significant than the narratives that

Overview

This volume of essays is concerned with ancient and modern Jewish and Christian views of the revelation at Sinai. The theme is highlighted in studies on the Dead Sea Scrolls, Paul, Josephus, rabbinic literature, art and philosophy. The contributions demonstrate that Sinai, as the location of the revelation, soon became less significant than the narratives that developed about what happened there. Those narratives were themselves transformed, not least to explain problems regarding the text's plain sense. Miraculous theophany, anthropomorphisms, the role of Moses, and the response of Israel were all handled with exegetical skills mustered by each new generation of readers. Furthermore, the content of the revelation, especially the covenant, was rethought in philosophical,
political, and theological ways. This collection of studies is especially useful in showing something of the complexity of how scriptural traditions remain authoritative and lively for those who appeal to them from very different contexts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789004170186
Publisher:
Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
10/29/2008
Series:
Themes in Biblical Narrative Series , #12
Pages:
386
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

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