Divine Presence and Guidance in Israelite Traditions: The Typology of Exaltation

Divine Presence and Guidance in Israelite Traditions: The Typology of Exaltation

by Thomas W. Mann

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Overview

Synopsis:
The following study is a revised version of Thomas Mann's doctoral dissertation submitted to Yale University Graduate School in 1975. Its origins can be traced back to seminar papers written for Professor W. Sibley Towner while Mann was still a student at Yale Divinity School. Further work on the topic was done in a seminar with Professor Brevard S. Childs.

The purpose of this study is to investigate the form and function of motifs of divine presence and guidance in the Old Testament.

Author Biography:
Thomas W. Mann, a widely-published author, is the minister of the Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, NC. His other books include God of Dirt: Mary Oliver and the Other Book of God (2004), The Book of the Torah: The Narrative Integrity of the Pentateuch (1988), and Deuteronomy (1995).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608997183
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2010
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Thomas W. Mann, a widely-published author, is the minister of the Parkway United Church of Christ, Winston-Salem, NC. His other books include God of Dirt: Mary Oliver and the Other Book of God (2004), The Book of the Torah: The Narrative Integrity of the Pentateuch (1988), and Deuteronomy (1995).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Abbreviations x

Introduction

Issues and Procedure 1

History of Interpretation 2

1 The Form-critical and Traditio-historical Approaches 3

2 The History of Religions Approach 10

3 Summary 15

Part 1 Motifs of Divine Presence in the Ancient Near East

Introduction 27

Chapter 1 Mesopotamian Literary Texts 30

1 The Exaltation of Inanna and the Typology of Exaltation 30

2 The Nur-Adad Letter 33

3 The Tukulti-Ninurta Epic 35

4 The Erra Epic 42

5 Enuma eliš 48

Chapter 2 The Assyrian Annals 59

Chapter 3 Mesopotamian Iconography and the Cult 74

1 Divine Symbols 74

2 Cultic Processions 76

a The Gudea Cylinders 77

b The Journey of Ninurta 83

c The Journey of Nininsinna 86

3 Summary: Annals, Iconography, and Cult 88

Chapter 4 Northwest Semitic Texts 96

Summary 104

Excursus: Presence and Guidance in Pre-Mosaic Traditions 106

Part II Motifs of Divine Presence in the Old Testament

Introduction 120

Chapter 5 The Reed Sea and Sinai 123

1 The Song of the Sea 123

2 The Reed Sea Narrative, Sinai, and the Figure of Moses 130

Chapter 6 Moses and the Divine Presence 144

1 Exodus 33.7-11 144

2 Numbers 11 and 12 l45

Chapter 7 Israel and the Divine Presence: Exodus 23-34 153

Chapter 8 The Departure from Sinai 164

1 Numbers 1.1-10.28 164

2 Numbers 10.29-36 168

Chapter 9 Wilderness March and Conquest-The "Classic Epiphany Texts" 176

l Habakkuk 3 176

2 Psalm 68 177

3 Deuteronomy 33 178

4 Judges 5 182

Chapter 10 The Jordan River 196

1 The Early Narrative 196

2 The Deuteronomistic Redaction 197

Chapter 11 The Davidic Empire 213

1 Military Victory and Cultic Procession 214

2 Royal and Divine Exaltation 218

Summary 233

Appendix 1 Supplementary Cuneiform Texts 245

Appendix 2 Terminology of Divine Presence in the Old Testament 252

Illustrations 263

Selected Bibliography 271

Index 287

List of Illustrations

Figure

1 Assyrian standards 265

2 Assyrian standard in war chariot 266

3 Assyrian standard in camp 266

4 Bull standard from Ras Shamra 267

5

a Bull standard and procession from Mari 267

b Bull standard from Mari 268

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