God's Bodies Paperback

The Anthropomorphic God in the Old Testament

by Andreas Wagner;

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God's Bodies

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Images of the body in ancient Near Eastern civilizations are radically different from body images today. This has significant consequences for our understanding of the biblical notion of God's human shape; there are bound to be misconceptions. Andreas Wagner illuminates these misconceptions, and reveals the sometimes distant pictorial world of ancient body images. He contrasts these with contemporary models and makes the matter of the Old Testament concept of God's human form accessible and clear in this exciting, richly detailed work. Wagner begins with three methodological chapters, introducing readers to aspects of anthropomorphism and the study of body parts. He looks at Israel's basic understanding of the human body, and then turns specifically to the body of God, examining and explaining why and how certain body parts are emphasized or regularly employed in the biblical text when it tries to describe God. Wagner also considers the diverse range of ancient Near Eastern perspectives on God, and the ways in which ancient cultures constructed and understood deities. "God's Bodies "will lead the debate in biblical anthropomorphism for years to come.

God's Bodies by Andreas Wagner was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in September 2015. The ISBN for God's Bodies is 9780567655981.

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Details for God's Bodies

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback / softback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (September 2015)
Number of Pages224
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4368205
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