Land of Our Fathers Paperback

The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in Biblical Land Claims

by Francesca Stavrakopoulou;

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Land of Our Fathers

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The biblical motif of a land divinely-promised and given to Abraham and his descendants is argued to be an ideological reflex of post-monarchic, territorial disputes between competing socio-religious groups. The important biblical motif of a Promised Land is founded upon the ancient Near Eastern concept of ancestral land: hereditary space upon which families lived, worked, died and were buried. An essential element of concept of ancestral land was the belief in the post-mortem existence of the ancestors, who were venerated with grave offerings, mortuary feasts, bone rituals and standing stones. The Hebrew Bible is littered with stories concerning these practices and beliefs, yet the specific correlation of ancestor veneration and certain biblical land claims has gone unrecognized. The book remedies this in presenting evidence for the vital and persistent impact of ancestor veneration upon land claims. It proposes that ancestor veneration, which formed a common ground in the experiences of various socio-religious groups in ancient Israel, became in the Hebrew Bible an ideological battlefield upon which claims to the land were won and lost.

Land of Our Fathers by Francesca Stavrakopoulou was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in July 2012. The ISBN for Land of Our Fathers is 9780567411884.

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Details for Land of Our Fathers

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (July 2012)
Number of Pages208
Thickness11 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4063128
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