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Life in the FleshAn Anti-Gnostic Spiritual Philosophy$
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Adam G. Cooper

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199546626

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.001.0001

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The Old Testament

The Old Testament

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(p.11) 1 The Old Testament
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Life in the Flesh
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546626.003.0002

The Hebrew Scriptures contain the seeds of later Christian theology of the body. Created by God, human flesh is integral to personal and relational constitution. Sacrificial flesh, manipulated in accordance with the divine mandate, becomes the means of purification from sin and the locus of spiritual communion with God. Flesh, as a metaphor for weakness and humility, creates in the human being the requisite vulnerability to suffer the action of divine mercy.

Keywords:   flesh, basar, nephesh, body, sacrifice, ritual, anthropology, holiness, blood

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