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  1. The body royal : the social poetics of kingship in ancient Israel

    Hamilton, Mark W.
    Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 2005.

    The present volume seeks to identify the underlying code of meanings about the Israelite king operating in various ways in texts and other artefacts surviving from the culture. The focus is upon the (living) body of the king, its anatomical characteristics, its constitution through ritual, and the conventions concerning its proper self-display by the king. This study combines careful linguistic and historical-critical analysis of the texts considered (both biblical and ancient Near Eastern, the latter used comparatively where appropriate) with a critical use of contemporary approaches to the study of signs in language, objects, and movements (semiotics), in general, and the study of the body, in particular. This book argues that the royal psalms contain a set of officially sanctioned notions about the royal body and its use. The king was thought to have an outsized, superhuman body owing to his being the son of the deity, a status he attained upon his coronation. Other texts, often from circles outside the royal court, significantly altered these notions. The king's body was thus for ancient Israelites the locus of reflection on power, gender, religion, and even international relations. Through careful historical analysis, it is possible to reconstruct the terms of an Iron Age intellectual inquiry that still influences our contemporary world.

  2. On the mountain with God : freedom and community in Exodus

    Hamilton, Mark W.
    Abilene, Tex. : Leafwood Publishers, 2009.

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  3. A Kingdom for a Stage : Political and Theological Reflection in the Hebrew Bible

    Hamilton, Mark W.
    Tübingen : Mohr Siebeck, 2018.

    In diesem Werk zeigt Mark W. Hamilton, wie die politischen Ideen der Israeliten manchmal Machtstrukturen unterstützt, sich meistens jedoch von diesen distanziert haben. Dies bildete die Grundlage für die jahrhundertealte Kritik der Politik, die Teil des westlichen Denkens wurde.The political rhetoric of ancient Israel took several literary, architectural, and graphic forms. Much of the relevant material concerns kingship, but other loci of authority and submission also drew significant attention. Mark W. Hamilton illustrates how these "texts" interacted with other political rhetorics, especially those of the great Mesopotamian empires. By paying close attention to the argumentation of the Israelite literature as well as their function as epideictic oratory building solidarity with hearers he reveals the complexity of Israelite intellectual activity both during and after the period of the monarchy. By doing this he shows that this body of thought lies at the heart of Western political thought even today.

    Online EBSCO Academic Comprehensive Collection


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