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.
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.