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Clean/Unclean, Pure/Impure, Holy/Profane  

Jonathan D. Lawrence

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
This chapter explores the biblical ideas of purity and the related concepts of cleanness and holiness. It discusses some of the terminology used for these concepts in the Bible and related ... More

The Contribution of the Qumran Scrolls to the Study of Ancient Jewish Liturgy  

Daniel K. Falk

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Oct 2010
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Jan 2011
Prayer as a service to God by the people is one of the most far reaching of religious practices, forming a central part of the religious practice of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; yet ... More

Death and Afterlife  

Brian B. Schmidt

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
This chapter surveys what is known about ancient Israel’s beliefs and practices relating to the end of life, the experience of death, and one’s transformation into the life thereafter. The ... More

Divine Presence and Absence  

Angelika Berlejung

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
The topic of divine presence and absence is embedded in the theological debate about the communication between human beings and their gods. Intact communication and divine presence belong ... More

The Economics of Worship in Ancient Israel and Judah  

Joachim Schaper

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
In addressing the problem of the “economics of worship” in ancient societies it is advisable first to ascertain on what area of “worship” we should focus our investigation. And while one ... More

The Ethics of Worship  

Eryl Davies

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
The chapter examines the relation between ethics and worship in ancient Israel. It focusses on the way in which the cult was instrumental in instructing the people of Israel and Judah in ... More

God, Gods, and Humankind (Worldview)  

Friedhelm Hartenstein

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
The chapter gives a working definition of the concepts of God/gods in ancient Near Eastern and Mediterranean cultures and describes the character of the Israelite god YHWH against this ... More

The Greeks and Their Rituals  

Barbara Kowalzig

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
For the ancient Greeks, ritual was communication with the gods, aimed at achieving a communality between gods and humans, principally in the service of a community’s welfare, cohesion, and ... More

History of Religion  

Lester L. Grabbe

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
This chapter discusses (1) the general discipline of the History of Religions; then, in line with the focus of the volume as a whole, (2) it moves to developments in the study of the ... More

The Hittites Serve Their Gods  

Gary Beckman

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
In the universe of the Hittites, humans had but a single duty—to serve their deities by providing them with sustenance, praise, and entertainment. This responsibility was organized by the ... More

Influence on Early Christian Worship  

Paul F. Bradshaw

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
This chapter traces the various ways in which the cultic language and imagery of the Hebrew Scriptures influenced and shaped the liturgical thought and ritual practices of early ... More

Introduction  

Samuel E. Balentine

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
The conceit in the title of this volume is that ritual, however expansively it may be defined, is ineluctably tethered to religion and worship. It has a primal connection to the idea that a ... More

Islamic Ritual  

Richard Gauvain

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
This chapter begins by introducing readers to the five “pillars of Islam” (arkan al-Islam), as well as to other essential aspects of Islamic ritual (section 1). By so doing, it recognizes ... More

Jewish Ethics of Speech  

Alyssa M. Gray

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Dec 2012
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Jan 2013
This chapter discusses a Jewish ethics of speech under the following headings: (1) Jewish legal and ethical norms pertaining to bad language and speech about other people; (2) holy speech; ... More

Judaism and Music  

Mark Kligman

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Feb 2014
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Feb 2014
This chapter discusses music in Jewish contexts from the Bible until the present day. Music in Jewish religious life historically and at present includes cantillation of the Bible, the ... More

Mesopotamian Religion  

Tzvi Abusch

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
This chapter presents the background situation that gave rise to Mesopotamian religious concepts, as well as the forms of the gods and their service in the classical theology of ... More

One God, Multiple Rituals and Theologies: Christianity  

Rodney A. Werline

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
Current liturgies performed in Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and mainline Protestant worship services preserve a remnant of basic practices, personnel, and key ideas and themes found in ... More

The Politics of Worship  

William S. Morrow

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
Cases of politically oriented rituals used to maintain the kingdom of Judah and its successor societies are surveyed from the beginning of the Davidic monarchy through to the Hasmonaean ... More

Rabbinic Judaism  

Stefan C. Reif

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
In the second Temple period, Jewish ritual and worship, following the example of the Hebrew Bible, centered on the cult of the Jerusalem Temple and on the more democratic institution of ... More

Ritual and Religious Practices  

Roy E. Gane

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Sep 2020
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Oct 2020
Ancient near eastern (ANE) rituals and other religious practices fostered relationships with superhuman members of the interactive cosmic community, especially deities, who affected human ... More

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