Vow And The 'Popular Religious Groups' Of Ancient Israel

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Berlinerblau argues that in order to procure reliable historical information about 'popular religious groups' (such as women, non-privileged economic strata, heterodox elements) we must search for what he calls 'implicit evidence': mundane details regarding the vow which the biblical writers tacitly assumed and hence unknowingly bequeathed to posterity. By piecing together these strands of implicit evidence the author attempts to reconstruct the basic norms of the Israelite votive system. In so doing, he explains...

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Overview

Berlinerblau argues that in order to procure reliable historical information about 'popular religious groups' (such as women, non-privileged economic strata, heterodox elements) we must search for what he calls 'implicit evidence': mundane details regarding the vow which the biblical writers tacitly assumed and hence unknowingly bequeathed to posterity. By piecing together these strands of implicit evidence the author attempts to reconstruct the basic norms of the Israelite votive system. In so doing, he explains why certain 'popular religious groups' were attracted to this particular practice.

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Zev Garber
Some say that the religion of biblical Israel was divided into two branches: the "formal" religion of functionariesestablished sanctuariescalendar datesetc....and the "popular" religion representing the great mass of the people....A careful study of chiefly biblical literary texts...yields a complex interdependence of orthodoxy and heterodoxies that requires the entities to be viewed synoptically....[T]his finds expression in the nature of the vowwhich [Berlinerlau] views as a mutual concern of all disparate parts of society to live and preserve life....[T]he book does contribute new insights....Recommended for advanced students and research libraries in Biblica and ancient Near East. —Society of Biblical Literature
Zev Garber
Some say that the religion of biblical Israel was divided into two branches: the "formal" religion of functionaries, established sanctuaries, calendar dates, etc., ...and the "popular" religion representing the great mass of the people....A careful study of chiefly biblical literary texts...yields a complex interdependence of orthodoxy and heterodoxies that requires the entities to be viewed synoptically....[T]his finds expression in the nature of the vow, which [Berlinerlau] views as a mutual concern of all disparate parts of society to live and preserve life....[T]he book does contribute new insights....Recommended for advanced students and research libraries in Biblica and ancient Near East.
Society of Biblical Literature
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Meet the Author

Jacques Berlinerblau is Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Abbreviations 11
Introduction 13
Ch. 1 Individual Initiation 48
Ch. 2 Privacy 66
Ch. 3 Spoken Invocation 83
Ch. 4 Autonomous Regulation 94
Ch. 5 Inclusion and Economic Accessibility 114
Ch. 6 Social Accessibility 125
Ch. 7 Woman And The Vow : Another Critique of Explicit Evidence 133
Ch. 8 The Balance of Power 150
Conclusion 166
Appendices 175
Bibliography 183
Index of References 213
Index of Authors 217
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