Biblical Corpora: Representations of Disability in Hebrew by Rebecca Raphael PDF

By Rebecca Raphael

ISBN-10: 056702802X

ISBN-13: 9780567028020

The e-book is equipped by means of style of biblical literature. First, the priestly literature articulates a binary idea of incapacity as impure and passive, i.e. as ‘other' to the natural, holy, and active. By distinction, within the prophetic literature and the Psalms, photos of incapacity constitution verbal exchange between God, prophets, leaders, and people. Here, incapacity doesn't easily suggest impurity; its valuation relies on its possessor. Wisdom literature and narrative current figures (e.g. activity, Mephibosheth) whose innate or bought disabilities are however put, and never easily as impurities, inside cosmic and social order. Although priestly literature turns out anomalous, all strata of biblical literature use incapacity imagery now not essentially to symbolize disabled people, yet often to symbolize the ability of Israel's God. Physical norms and incapacity hence play a pervasive and formerly missed position in biblical different types of holy/unholy, pure/impure, election/rejection, and God/idols.

This e-book provides a literary severe technique excited by illustration within the canonical type of the textual content permits a finished view of ways photos of incapacity function when it comes to significant innovations, and likewise offers a starting place for experiences within the historical past of interpretation. All dialogue of biblical passages and books draw on present historic reports as an important precondition for understanding.

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In this respect, the difference between impurity and profaneness diminishes, for both diverge in different ways from the ideal, and both by implication converge on the ideal as what they are not. The result is not two distinct concepts, the pure and the holy, but rather two facets of the same concept of Normal. The materiality of that representation values unblemished bodies and devalues, to different degrees, blemished ones. This is not about taking language literally, but rather about taking human thought concretely when it is concrete.

His project is 40. , 407–20. 41. Hector Avalos, “Introducing Sensory Criticism in Biblical Studies: Audiocentricity and Visiocentricity,” in This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies (ed. Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, and Jeremy Schipper; Semeia Studies 55; Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2007), 47–59. 1 18 Biblical Corpora not, strictly speaking, a disability studies analysis, but the shared area of concern should be apparent. In fact, the presence and function of a figure with a physical impairment often helps identify the sensory valuations of a given text or source.

9 As Milgrom notes, despite the chiastic sets of pairs, this verse does not propose a single opposition in two different ways; it proposes two distinct but related sets of opposing terms. 10 The categories holy/profane and pure/impure locate items in this structure; Lev 10:10–11 summarizes the priestly task as one of making and teaching these two distinctions. Milgrom schematized the possible interactions thus: the sacred–profane boundary is permeable, the pure–impure boundary is permeable; common things can be either pure or impure; sacred things can only be pure.

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