The Cult of the Dead and the Theme of Entry Into the Land

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Abstract

In a number of biblical texts, including both prescriptive texts and narratives, the erection of stones, pillars, or altars commemorates entry into the land of Israel. The present paper is an investigation of the mythic and cultic basis for this action. It is suggested that the erection of the or together with accompanying ritual actions, may be traced to the Israelite ancestor cult. The underlying ritual pattern constitutes the ceremonial installation of the ancestors on the land, and manifests an assertion of ownership in perpetuity.

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