Poetic Heroes: The Literary Commemorations of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World - Mark S. Smith - Bøger - William B Eerdmans Publishing Co - 9780802867926 - 15. september 2014
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Poetic Heroes: The Literary Commemorations of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World

Mark S. Smith

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Poetic Heroes: The Literary Commemorations of Warriors and Warrior Culture in the Early Biblical World

Warfare exerts a magnetic power, even a terrible attraction, in its emphasis on glory, honor, and duty. In order to face the terror of war, it is necessary to face how our biblical traditions have made it attractive -- even alluring.

In this book Mark Smith undertakes an extensive exploration of "poetic heroes" across a number of ancient cultures in order to understand the attitudes of those cultures toward war and warriors. Smith examines the Iliad and the Gilgamesh; Ugaritic poems commemorating Baal, Aqhat, and the Rephaim; and early biblical poetry, including the battle hymn of Judges 5 and the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan in 2 Samuel 1. Smith's Poetic Heroes analyzes the importance of heroic poetry in early Israel and its disappearance after the time of David, building on several strands of scholarship in archaeological research, poetic analysis, and cultural reconstruction.


660 pages

Medie Bøger     Paperback Bog   (Bog med blødt omslag og limet ryg)
Udgivet 15. september 2014
ISBN13 9780802867926
Forlag William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
Antal sider 636
Mål 230 × 154 × 35 mm   ·   902 g
Sprog Engelsk  

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