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Harvey E. Goldberg

Bible studies and anthropology might take place. Given the range of possibilities, this essay approaches the theme of anthropology and Bible studies in an eclectic fashion. Borrowing a metaphor from Claude Lévi-Strauss’s Tristes Tropiques (1964), it treats the subject as would a “slash and burn

The Sense of Quoting

A Semiotic Case Study of Biblical Quotations

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David W. Odell-Scott

semiotic theory as to the site or cause of such cohesive articulating coherence to be found in the event or object or artifact or system under consideration. The semiotic approaches generally regard simple resolutions that the source of such features was borne of the subject doing the inquiry, the object

Waters of the Exodus

Jewish Experiences with Water in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt

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Nathalie LaCoste

In Waters of the Exodus, Nathalie LaCoste examines the Diasporic Jewish community in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and their relationship to the hydric environment. By focusing on four retellings of the exodus narrative composed by Egyptian Jews—Artapanus, Ezekiel the Tragedian, Wisdom of Solomon, and Philo of Alexandria—she lays out how the hydric environment of Egypt, and specifically the Nile river, shaped the transmission of the exodus story. Mapping these observations onto the physical landscape of Egypt provides a new perspective on the formation of Jewish communities in Egypt.

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Ian D. Wilson

that exemplify current biblical studies of this subject, and paying special attention to how these works relate to the aforementioned trends in historical inquiry. For David and his dynasty, there are trace amounts of extra-biblical evidence that can supplement one’s discussion of Israel’s early

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Nathalie LaCoste

of Religion 9.2 (1997): 111–26. 37 Horden and Purcell, The Corrupting Sea , 45. 38 Veronica Strang, The Meaning of Water (Oxford: Berg, 2004), 5: “Human-environmental relations are also subject to ecological constraints and physiological and biological needs. As the substance that is literally

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Nathalie LaCoste

ideas presented here are twofold; Osiris as the god of the dead (and the afterlife) was linked to water in the sense of purification and preparation of the deceased for the afterlife. For more on this subject, see Centrone, “This is the Form,” 357; J. Gwyn Griffiths, The Origins of Osiris and his Cult

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Edited by Elizabeth Lapina and Nicholas Morton

The Uses of the Bible in Crusader Sources sets out to understand the ideology and spirituality of crusading by exploring the biblical imagery and exegetical interpretations which formed its philosophical basis. Medieval authors frequently drew upon scripture when seeking to justify, praise, or censure the deeds of crusading warriors on many frontiers. After all, as the fundamental written manifestation of God’s will for mankind, the Bible was the ultimate authority for contemporary writers when advancing their ideas and framing their world view. This volume explores a broad spectrum of biblically-derived themes surrounding crusading and, by doing so, seeks to better comprehend a thought world in which lethal violence could be deemed justifiable according to Christian theology.
Contributors are: Jessalynn Bird, Adam M. Bishop, John D. Cotts, Sini Kangas, Thomas Lecaque, T. J. H. McCarthy, Nicholas Morton, Torben Kjersgaard Nielsen, Luigi Russo, Uri Shachar, Iris Shagrir, Kristin Skottki, Katherine Allen Smith, Thomas W. Smith, Carol Sweetenham, Miriam Rita Tessera, Jan Vandeburie, Julian J. T. Yolles, and Lydia Marie Walker.