The Symbolism of the Biblical World: Ancient Near Eastern Iconography and the Book of Psalms

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Eisenbrauns, Jan 1, 1997 - Religion - 422 pages
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When Othmar Keel's book first appeared in Germany in 1972, it was a pioneering study, the first to compare systematically the conceptual world of a biblical book with that of ancient Near Eastern iconography. First translated into English in 1978, the book has proven its lasting value for exegesis of the Psalms, the comparative study of the Bible and its world, and the study of ancient Near Eastern art and iconography.
  

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
7
The Iconographic Approach
8
The Present Work
11
CONCEPTIONS OF THE COSMOS
15
1 TECHNICAL CONCEPTIONS
16
2 SYMBOLICMYTHICAL CONCEPTIONS
26
b The Multipartite World
35
3 DUALISTIC FEATURES
47
g He will take me
198
GOD IN HIS CREATION
201
b Deus faber
204
c Command and Wisdom
205
d The Judge
207
e The God of Life
208
f Eruption and Transcendence
217
3 YAHWEH IN HISTORY
218

4 THAT WHICH FILLS HEAVEN AND EARTH
56
DESTRUCTIVE FORCES
61
1 SPHERES OF DEATH
62
a The Grave
63
b Prison Cistern and Pitfall
69
c Torrent and Sea
73
d The Desert
76
e The Night
77
2 THE ENEMIES OF THE INDIVIDUAL
78
b Animal Comparisons
85
c Comparisons Based on the Hunt
89
d The Mortality and Instability of the Wicked
95
3 ENEMIES OF THE NATION
100
THE TEMPLE PLACE OF YAHWEHS PRESENCE AND SPHERE OF LIFE
111
1 TEMPLE AND MOUNTAIN
113
2 THE TEMPLE GATES
120
3 THE FORECOURTS AND THEIR FURNISHINGS
128
4 THE ALTARS
144
5 THE HOUSE OF YAHWEH
151
6 THE FURNISHINGS OF THE HOUSE OF YAHWEH
163
7 THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TEMPLE
171
CONCEPTIONS OF GOD
177
1 GOD IN THE TEMPLE
179
b Tests and Purifications
183
c Tree Fountain and Light
186
d The Wings of God
190
e Ears That Hear and a Mouth That Speaks
192
f Father and Mother Host and Physician
195
a The Warrior
219
b My Shield
222
c Leading
225
RENUNCIATION
231
THE KING
243
1 THE BIRTH AND INFANCY OF THE KING
247
2 THE ENTHRONEMENT
256
3 THE KING AS TEMPLE BUILDER AND PRIEST
269
4 THE REPRESENTATION AND FURTHERANCE OF THE POWERS OF LIFE
280
5 DEFENSE AGAINST ENEMIES
291
MAN BEFORE GOD
307
1 ATTITUDES OF PRAYER
308
b Thanks and Praise
314
c Lamentation and Petition
318
2 PROCESSIONS AND THE SACRIFICIAL CULT
323
3 MUSIC AND SONG
335
b Percussion Instruments
339
c Wind Instruments
340
d String Instruments
346
4 WITH GOD
352
EPILOGUE
355
ABBREVIATIONS
357
NOTES
359
BIBLIOGRAPHY
371
CATALOGUE OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS
388
INDEX OF BIBLICAL REFERENCES
411
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