Chapter

What is Man?

P. R. Ackroyd and G. N. Stanton

in Introducing the Old Testament

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780192132543
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191670053 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.003.0008

Series: Oxford Bible Series

What is Man?

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This chapter discusses the relation between the study of the Old Testament and the work of anthropologists. The term anthropology is normally used to describe detailed study of the customs and cultures of other societies, of the kind which has been widely practiced in the Western world during the last two centuries. Anthropological works have provided one of the bases for the contribution of the discipline to the understanding of the Old Testament. The chapter refers to many anthropological works including Anthropology and the Old Testament and Lectures on the Religion of the Semites. For a better understanding of the ancient Israelite society various comparative methods such as doctrine of survival has been used by anthropologists. Finally, the chapter also discusses various teachings related to purity and pollution among ancient Jews.

Keywords: Old Testament; anthropology; anthropological works; ancient Jews

Chapter.  6730 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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