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Ilex Foundation #07: The Last of the Rephaim: Conquest and Cataclysm in the Heroic Ages of Ancient Israel

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The figure of the giant has haunted the literatures of the ancient Mediterranean world, from the Greek Gigantomachy and other Aegean epic literatures to the biblical contexts of the ancient Near East. In The Last of the Rephaim, Brian Doak argues that the giants of the Hebrew Bible are a politically, theologically, and historiographically generative group, and through their oversized bodies, readers gain insight into central aspects of Israel's symbolic universe. All that is overgrown or physically monstrous represents a connection to primeval chaos, and stands as a barrier to creation and right rule. Giants thus represent chaos-fear, and their eradication is a form of chaos maintenance by both human and divine agents. Doak argues that these biblical traditions participate in a broader Mediterranean conversation regarding giants and the end of the heroic age--a conversation that inevitably draws the biblical corpus into a discussion of the function of myth and epic in the ancient world, with profound implications for the politics of monotheism and monarchy in ancient Israel.

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Doak explores how the giants of the Hebrew Bible--which represent a connection to primeval chaos--offer insight into central aspects of Israel's symbolic universe. By placing biblical traditions within a broader Mediterranean context regarding giants and the end of the heroic age, Doak sheds new light on monotheism and monarchy in ancient Israel.

About the Author

Brian R. Doak is Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at George Fox University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674066731
Author:
Doak, Brian R
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Doak, Brian R.
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Bible - Criticism Interpretation - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Subject:
LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical
Subject:
HISTORY / Ancient/General
Copyright:
Series:
Ilex Series
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Christianity » Biblical Reference » Criticism
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , Doak explores how the giants of the Hebrew Bible--which represent a connection to primeval chaos--offer insight into central aspects of Israel's symbolic universe. By placing biblical traditions within a broader Mediterranean context regarding giants and the end of the heroic age, Doak sheds new light on monotheism and monarchy in ancient Israel.
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