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The article explores the dynamics between literature and religion with the examples of Lucifer and modern Satanism. With John Milton's poem Paradise Lost (1667), the originally Christian myth of Lucifer evolved in a positive direction. Having been adopted by so-called 'literary Satanism,' this character became the basis for a new non-Christian religion, the 'Temple of Set' (founded by Michael Aquino in 1975). The article also argues for a remodelling of the conception of the dynamics between religion and other systems of meaning in the 'European history of religion': not only do religious traditions affect the medium of literature; literature can also affect the religious tradition.

In: Journal of Religion in Europe

Up to the present, the brief notice on the storage cities of “Pithom” and “Raamses” and the forced labour of the Israelites in Ex 1:11 has been taken as the historical nucleus of a possible exodus scenario under Ramesses ii.

This article presents a critical evaluation of the classical theory, taking into account recent insights in Archaeology, Egyptology, and Philology. Since a number of arguments call the classical theory into question, a historical background of Ex 1:11 in the late 7th century bce becomes more likely, when Judahites had to perform forced labour for the Egyptian hegemon in the Southern Levant.

In: Vetus Testamentum
In: Egypt, Canaan and Israel: History, Imperialism, Ideology and Literature
In: Wisdom and Torah
In: Wisdom and Torah
Die in den verschiedenen Wissenschaftsdisziplinen entwickelten Vorstellungen von Apokaly-pse und Apokalyptik werden hier in ein interdisziplinäres Gespräch gebracht. Bibel- und Religionswissenschaftler, Systematische Theologen, Philosophen, Althistoriker und Literaturwissenschaftler untersuchen das alttestamentliche Buch Daniel sowie Texte der Aufklärungszeit von Kant, Lessing und Herder, in denen signifikant auf die antike Tradition der Apokalyptik Bezug genommen wird. Ziel ist es, zu einer verstärkten Methodenreflexion zu gelangen: Lassen sich die verschiedenen Apokalypsebegriffe gewinnbringend aufeinander beziehen und gibt es jenseits fachspezifischer Semantiken eine Schnittmenge von Strukturmerkmalen, Formelementen und funktionalen Äquivalenzen?
The Reception of ‘Torah’ in the Wisdom Literature of the Second Temple Period
A proper assessment of the manifold relationships that obtain between “wisdom” and “Torah” in the Second Temple Period has fascinated generations of interpreters. The essays of the present collection seek to understand this key relationship by focusing attention on specific instances of the reception of “Torah” in Wisdom literature and the shaping of Torah by wisdom. Taking the concepts of wisdom and torah in the various literary strata of the book of Deuteronomy as a point of departure, the remainder of the book examines the relationship between wisdom and Torah in Wisdom literature of the Second Temple period, including Proverbs, Qohelet, Ps 19 and 119, Baruch, Ben Sira, Wisdom, sapiential and rewritten scriptural texts from Qumran, and the Wisdom of Solomon.