Journal Article

The Power and the Glory: The Aesthetics of the Hebrew Bible

Luke Ferretter

in Literature and Theology

Volume 18, issue 2, pages 123-138
Published in print June 2004 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online June 2004 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/18.2.123
The Power and the Glory: The Aesthetics of the Hebrew Bible

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No comprehensive account of the aesthetics of the Hebrew Bible has yet been written. This article sets out the fundamental principles of these aesthetics, arguing that the Bible articulates a unique system of thought in the history of aesthetics. The article examines the aesthetic language of the Hebrew Bible, and analyses its concepts of beauty and of art. In each case, it argues, Hebrew thought predates the concerns of Greek metaphysics. In keeping with its concerns with the social and religious life of ancient Israel, the Hebrew Bible expresses a developed system of aesthetics in which both beauty and art are understood as social and as religious phenomena.

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Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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