Conceptions of Judah, II: Yahwistic Worship


in The Troubles of Templeless Judah

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780199283866
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603457 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Theological Monographs

Conceptions of Judah, II: Yahwistic Worship

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This chapter continues to explore worship in the homeland, but with particular attention to Yahwistic practice. It contains two foci: (1) what type of Yahwistic ritual continued in the homeland and where did it occur? and (2) a survey of the lament literature commonly associated with that setting. After closer study of the laments typically associated with Templeless Judah (Pss. 74, 79, 89, 102; Isa. 63:7-64:11) it is clear that a variety of influences disallow the attribution of liturgical poems to Judah without an understanding of what might be typical of Judahite thought. Moreover, the ascription of laments to worship at the temple represents another conception from outside the community in sixth-century Judah, in this instance, from modern scholarship.

Keywords: Yahweh; Bethel; Temple; laments; faith; sporadic worship practices; ritual; myth; historical traditions

Chapter.  20372 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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