Poetic Heroes Paperback

The Literary Commemorations of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World

by Mark S Smith;

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Poetic Heroes

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Warfare exerts a magnetic power, even a terrible attraction, in its emphasis on glory, honor, and duty. In order to face the terror of war, it is necessary to face how our biblical traditions have made it attractive even alluring.In this book Mark Smith undertakes an extensive exploration of poetic heroes across a number of ancient cultures in order to understand the attitudes of those cultures toward war and warriors. Smith examines the Iliad and the Gilgamesh; Ugaritic poems commemorating Baal, Aqhat, and the Rephaim; and early biblical poetry, including the battle hymn of Judges 5 and the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1. Smith's Poetic Heroes analyzes the importance of heroic poetry in early Israel and its disappearance after the time of David, building on several strands of scholarship in archaeological research, poetic analysis, and cultural reconstruction.

Poetic Heroes by Mark S Smith was published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in October 2014. The ISBN for Poetic Heroes is 9780802867926.

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Details for Poetic Heroes

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherEerdmans Publishing Company (October 2014)
Number of Pages636
Thickness39 mm
Height229 mm
Width155 mm
Product Code4261431
Page last updated 21st December 2015
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