Disability in the Hebrew Bible Paperback

Interpreting Mental and Physical Differences

by Saul M. Olyan;

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Disability in the Hebrew Bible

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This book was first published in 2008. Mental and physical disability, ubiquitous in texts of the Hebrew Bible, here receive a thorough treatment. Olyan seeks to reconstruct the Hebrew Bible's particular ideas of what is disabling and their potential social ramifications. Biblical representations of disability and biblical classification schemas - both explicit and implicit - are compared to those of the Hebrew Bible's larger ancient West Asian cultural context, and to those of the later Jewish biblical interpreters who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. This study will help the reader gain a deeper and more subtle understanding of the ways in which biblical writers constructed hierarchically significant difference and privileged certain groups (e.g. persons with 'whole' bodies) over others (e.g. persons with physical 'defects'). It also explores how ancient interpreters of the Hebrew Bible such as the Qumran sectarians reproduced and reconfigured earlier biblical notions of disability and earlier classification models for their own contexts and ends.

Disability in the Hebrew Bible by Saul M. Olyan was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2012. The ISBN for Disability in the Hebrew Bible is 9781107404984.

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Details for Disability in the Hebrew Bible

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherCambridge University Press (July 2012)
Number of Pages202
Thickness12 mm
Height229 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4034166
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