The Senses of Scripture

The Senses of Scripture

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The Senses of Scripture reveals the essence of biblical epistemology - the ways in which ancient Israelites thought about and used their sensorium. The theoretical introduction demonstrates that scholars need to liberate themselves from the Western bias that holds a pentasensory paradigm and prioritises the sense of sight. The discussion of the biblical material demonstrates that biblical scholars should follow a similar path. Through examination of associative and contextual patters the author reaches a septasensory model, including sight, hearing, speech, kinaesthesia, touch, taste, and smell. It is further demonstrated that the senses, according to the HB, are a divinely created physical experience, which symbolised human ability to act in a sovereign manner in the world. Despite the lack of a biblical Hebrew term a€˜sense', it seems that at times the merism sight and hearing serves that matter. Finally, the book discusses the longstanding dispute regarding the primacy of sight vs. hearing, and claims that although there is no strict sensory hierarchy evident in the text, sight holds a central space in biblical epistemology.The list includes damage to various organs, but there is no indication that this included damage to the senses. ... Lev 21:18; Deut 15:21; 2 Sam 5:6, 8; 9:13; 19: 27; Isa 33:23; 35:6; Jer 31:8; Mal 1:8; Job 29:15; Prov 26:7. 67. 2 Sam 4:4; 9:3. ... years old when the news about Saul and Jonathan came from Jezreel. ... The exception is the adjective , which describes a dysfunctional hand (Judg 3:15; 20: 16).

Title:The Senses of Scripture
Author:Yael Avrahami
Publisher:Bloomsbury Publishing USA - 2012-06-15


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