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Altmann, Peter (2011). Festive meals in ancient Israel: Deuteronomy’s identity politics in their ancient Near Eastern context. Berlin: De Gruyter.

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The festive meal texts of Deuteronomy 12–26 depict Israel as a unified people participating in cultic banquets – a powerful and earthy image for both preexilic Judahite and later audiences. Comparison of Deuteronomy 12:13–27, 14:22–29, 16:1–17, and 26:1–15 with pentateuchal texts like Exodus 20–23 is broadened to highlight the rhetorical potential of the Deuteronomic meal texts in relation to the religious and political circumstances in Israel during the Neo-Assyrian and later periods. The texts employ the concrete and rich image of festive banquets, which the monograph investigates in relation to comparative ancient Near Eastern texts and iconography, the zooarchaeological remains of the ancient Levant, and the findings of cultural anthropology with regard to meals.


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Item Type:Monograph
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
Deposited On:16 Dec 2011 11:29
Last Modified:01 Jul 2013 00:00
Publisher:De Gruyter
Series Name:Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft
Number of Pages:311
Funders:Swiss National Science Foundation, Zürcher Universitätsverein, Princeton Theological Seminary Green Fellowship
Official URL:http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/129312
Related URLs:http://biblio.unizh.ch/F/?local_base=UZH01&con_lng=GER&func=find-b&find_code=SYS&request=001996443

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