Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions

Hardcover | August 5, 2004

bySaul M. Olyan

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A comprehensive analysis of the ritual dimensions of biblical mourning rites, this book also seeks to illuminate mourning's social dimensions through engagement with anthropological discussion of mourning, from Hertz and van Gennep to contemporaries such as Metcalf and Huntington and Bloch andParry. The author identifies four types of biblical mourning, and argues that mourning the dead is paradigmatic. He investigates why mourning can occur among petitioners in a sanctuary setting even given mourning's death associations; why certain texts proscribe some mourning rites (laceration andshaving) but not others; and why the mixing of the rites of mourning and rejoicing, normally incompatible, occurs in the same ritual in several biblical texts.

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A comprehensive analysis of the ritual dimensions of biblical mourning rites, this book also seeks to illuminate mourning's social dimensions through engagement with anthropological discussion of mourning, from Hertz and van Gennep to contemporaries such as Metcalf and Huntington and Bloch andParry. The author identifies four types of ...

Saul M. Olyan is Professor of Judaic Studies and Religious Studies at Brown University

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.59 inPublished:August 5, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199264864

ISBN - 13:9780199264865

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Mourning the Dead2. Petitionary Mourning3. Mourning in Other Contexts4. The Constraints on Mourning Rites5. The Sanctioned Mixing of Mourning and RejoicingConclusion