Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel Paperback

Their Ritual and Symbolic Significance

by Jaime L. Waters;

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Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel

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Vital to an agrarian community's survival, threshing floors are agricultural spaces where crops are threshed and winnowed. But the Hebrew Bible rarely refers to such agricultural activities taking place at such sites. Instead, biblical narratives repeatedly depict threshing floors in ancient Israel as sites for mourning rites, divination rituals, cultic processions, and sacrifices. Kings consult prophets there; even the Solomonic temple was built on a threshing floor. Jaime L. Waters shows that these originally agricultural sites were also considered sacred spaces connected to Yahweh, under his control, and subject to his power to bless, curse, and save and that Israel had a special ritual access to Yahweh in these powerfully symbolic sites. Waters also examines the various personnel active in the use and operation of threshing floors in these sacred functions in order to draw a more complete picture of ancient Israelite social life. An addendum discusses relevant material for comparison from Ugarit.

Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel by Jaime L. Waters was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in May 2015. The ISBN for Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel is 9781451485233.

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Details for Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel

Page last updated 15th October 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (May 2015)
Number of Pages192
Thickness10 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4317431
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