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Introducing the Old Testament$
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R. J. Coggins

Print publication date: 1990

Print ISBN-13: 9780192132543

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192132543.001.0001

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What is Man?

What is Man?

(p.81) 6 What is Man?
Introducing the Old Testament

P. R. Ackroyd

G. N. Stanton

Oxford University Press

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

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