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A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic and Biblical Literature
This volume examines reflexes of a West Semitic myth describing an attempted coup against the high god of the pantheon. In 1939, J. Morgenstern theorized that this myth was the precursor of the Satan traditions found in Jewish and Christian sources. This treatment (1) reconsiders Morgenstern's hypothesis, (2) reviews scholarship on this myth of cosmic rebellion within the W.F. Albright/F.M. Cross, Jr. lineage, (3) compiles a concordance of texts cited by scholars in analyzing the myth, (4) considers the possibility that Athtar is the myth's divine antihero, (5) provides a translation and close reading of selected Ugaritic and Hebrew texts that have informed discussion about the myth, (6) reassesses the value of these texts, and (7) provides a reconstruction of the myth.


The mapping of boundaries is an important part of the agenda of many biblical authors and their delimitation is an essential element in the construction of the biblical Book of Judges. This article examines the literary and lexical devices employed by the author(s) of the book of Judges in the marking of geographic, ethnic, sociopolitical, temporal, cosmic, religious, and bodily boundaries. It is hoped that this case study will increase scholarly awareness of the many species of boundary that are of interest to ancient Near Eastern literati as well as to the multiplicity of means employed to mark them in biblical and cognate literature.

In: Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Volume 10
In Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” …, Stephen C. Finley, Margarita Simon Guillory, and Hugh R. Page, Jr. assemble twenty groundbreaking essays that provide a rationale and parameters for Africana Esoteric Studies (AES): a new trans-disciplinary enterprise focused on the investigation of esoteric lore and practices in Africa and the African Diaspora. The goals of this new field — while akin to those of Religious Studies, Africana Studies, and Western Esoteric Studies — are focused on the impulses that give rise to Africana Esoteric Traditions (AETs) and the ways in which they can be understood as loci where issues such as race, ethnicity, and identity are engaged; and in which identity, embodiment, resistance, and meaning are negotiated.


The essays in Esotericism in African American Religious Experience: “There is a Mystery” … establish the broad contours for trans-disciplinary examination of esoteric thought and practice in the Africana world. Having established the preliminary groundwork for a new field—Africana Esoteric Studies—the stage is set for exploration of the ways in which secrecy, concealment, and selective disclosure of information deemed essential for survival function within an array of African and African-Diasporan settings, particularly those that are part of the Atlantic World. This essay will look broadly at how the aforementioned tropes are engaged in the lyrics and performances of selected artists in the American Soul—Blues continuum of the late 1970s.

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In: New Approaches to the Study of Esotericism
In: Esotericism in African American Religious Experience