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Title: Disembodied souls: the Nefesh in Israel and kindred spirits in the ancient Near East, with an appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription.
Authors: Steiner, Richard C
Keywords: Bible -- Language, style
Nefesh (The Hebrew word)
Inscriptions, Aramaic -- Turkey -- Zincirli (Gaziantep İli)
Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc., Jewish
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: SBL Press
Citation: Steiner, Richard C. Disembodied Souls: The Nefesh in Israel and Kindred Spirits in the Ancient near East, with an Appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription. Atlanta : SBL Press, [2015], 2015. Society of Biblical Literature ancient Near East monographs: 11.
Series/Report no.: Society of Biblical Literature ancient Near East monographs;11
Abstract: Biblical scholars have long claimed that the Israelites "could not conceive of a disembodied nefesh [soul]." In this book, Richard C. Steiner rejects that claim based on a broad spectrum of textual, linguistic, archaeological, and anthropological evidence spanning the millennia from prehistoric times to the present. The biblical evidence includes a prophecy of Ezekiel condemning women who pretend to trap the wandering souls of sleeping people--a prophecy that has been only partially understood until now because of the obscure technical terms that it contains. The extrabiblical evidence suggests that a belief in the existence of disembodied souls was part of the common religious heritage of the peoples of the ancient Near East.
Description: About the author (2015) Richard C. Steiner is Professor of Semitic Languages and Literature at Yeshiva University and Honorary Member of the Academy of the Hebrew Language in Israel.
ISBN: 9781628370768
Appears in Collections:Bernard Revel Graduate School of Jewish Studies (BRGS): Faculty Publications

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