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Angelika Berlejung

Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations

Studies on the History of Religion and Anthropology of the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament

[Göttliche Geheimnisse und menschliche Imaginationen. Studien zur Religionsgeschichte und Anthropologie des Alten Orients und des Alten Testaments.]

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In this volume of collected essays, Angelika Berlejung examines two main themes: Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations. The essays deal with topics such as idols and divine presence theology in Ancient Mesopotamia, several aspects of human imaginations, constructed memories and the human condition. Written over the last two decades, the essays have all been revised, updated, and supplemented with unpublished material.

»Berlejung’s book is a gift to biblical scholarship, particularly to those of us outside the circle of continental scholarship. Its blend of deep erudition and broad intellectual horizons is simply inspiring, providing a feast for the scholarly imagination.«
Ronald Hendel in RBL 06/2022
The articles in this volume of collected essays, written over the last two decades and all revised, updated, and supplemented with unpublished material, are grouped around two themes: Divine Secrets and Human Imaginations. The first essays deal with the production, initiation, use and function, the abduction, repatriation, and the replacement of divine images, their outer appearance, and the many facets of the divine presence theology in Ancient Mesopotamia. The essays on the second topic deal with human imaginations, human constructs, and constructed memories, which assign meaning to the past or to things or experiences that are beyond human control. Thematically, several aspects of the human condition are examined, such as the ideas associated in the Old Testament and the Ancient Near East with death, corporeality, enemies, disasters, utopias, and passionate love.

»Berlejung’s book is a gift to biblical scholarship, particularly to those of us outside the circle of continental scholarship. Its blend of deep erudition and broad intellectual horizons is simply inspiring, providing a feast for the scholarly imagination.«
Ronald Hendel in RBL 06/2022
Authors/Editors

Angelika Berlejung is Professor for »History and Religion of Israel and its Environment« at the Faculty of Theology of the University of Leipzig, an Extraordinary Professor for Ancient Studies at the University of Stellenbosch/South Africa, a Visiting Full Professor for Biblical Archaeology at Bar Ilan University/Israel, and a Full Member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences.
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4556-9167

Reviews

The following reviews are known:

In: Old Testament Abstracts — 45 (2022), p. 607 (Christopher T. Begg)
In: Review of Biblical Literature — https://www.sblcentral.org/ (6/2022) (Ronald Hendel)