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Kazen, Thomas, ProfessorORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-4683-3302
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Kazen, T. (2019). Emotional Fear in Pentateuchal Legal Collections. In: Ronit Nikolsky (Ed.), Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis: Interpreting Minds  (pp. 40-62). London: Bloomsbury Academic
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotional Fear in Pentateuchal Legal Collections
2019 (English)In: Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis: Interpreting Minds  / [ed] Ronit Nikolsky, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019, p. 40-62Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This chapter examines the role of fear in the Pentateuchal legal collections. Fear of foreigners is conspicuous in laws regulating relationships with other peoples. Fear of divine punishment is frequently employed as a deterrent in motivating obedience. Fear of demonic or supernatural powers is implicit in certain rituals, not least in some that effect purification or atonement. This is not a study of the semantics of fear, but of the emotional role that fear seems to play within and behind the texts that are discussed. I note how fear both counteracts and interacts with other emotions, particularly empathy and disgust. I also relate my analysis to recent discussions about the interrelationship, dating, and social contexts of various Pentateuchal legal collections.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019
Series
Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Biblical Studies, Old testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-682 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2019). Purification. In: Risto Uro, Juliette J. Day, Richard E. DeMaris, Rikard Roitto (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual: (pp. 220-244). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Purification
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual / [ed] Risto Uro, Juliette J. Day, Richard E. DeMaris, Rikard Roitto, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 220-244Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Ritual purity was a major goal of cultic activities in the Mediterranean world, but in a number of contexts, purity was also considered a desirable condition regardless of culticparticipation. This chapter discusses the concept of purity and purification from phenomenological,linguistic, and ritual perspectives. Attention is given to the variegated use of purity terminology and to the use of cognitive metaphor and conceptual blending theories to understand and explain the broad and common usage of purity-related language in various domains. The chapter surveys and analyses a limited selection of purification rites from Egypt, Mesopotamia, Persia, Israel, Greece, and Rome. This is done both with a view to historical development, influence, and interaction, and with the help of theorizing on ritual efficacy and social effects of purity codes. Particular attention is given to purifications with water, especially in Second Temple Judaism, as these are crucial to the further development of water rites in emerging Christianity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019
Keywords
historical development, metaphor, pollution, purification, ritual efficacy, ritual purity, water rites
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Biblical Studies; History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-685 (URN)9780198747871 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2019). Purity and Impurity in Ancient Israel and Early Judaism. Oxford Bibliographies online
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Purity and Impurity in Ancient Israel and Early Judaism
2019 (English)In: Oxford Bibliographies onlineArticle, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Oxford University Press, 2019
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
History of Religions
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-684 (URN)10.1093/OBO/9780199840731-017 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2019). The Role of Law in the Formation of the Pentateuch and the Canon. In: Pamela Barmash (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law: (pp. 257-274). Oxford: Oxford University Press
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The Role of Law in the Formation of the Pentateuch and the Canon
2019 (English)In: The Oxford Handbook of Biblical Law / [ed] Pamela Barmash, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, p. 257-274Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Why did the Pentateuch receive the shape it did, and how does the formation of the Pentateuch relate to its increasing status as canonical literature? In particular, what is the role of the legal material in these processes?

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, Old testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-681 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2020-01-16Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2019). Viewing Oneself through Others’ Eyes: Shame between Biology and Culture in Biblical Texts. Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, 84, 51-80
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Viewing Oneself through Others’ Eyes: Shame between Biology and Culture in Biblical Texts
2019 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 84, p. 51-80Article in journal (Refereed) Published
National Category
Humanities and the Arts
Research subject
Biblical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-683 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-11Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2018). Levels of Explanation for Ideas of Impurity: Why Structuralist and Symbolic Models Often Fail While Evolutionary and Cognitive Models Succeed. Journal of Ancient Judaism, 9(1), 75-100
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Levels of Explanation for Ideas of Impurity: Why Structuralist and Symbolic Models Often Fail While Evolutionary and Cognitive Models Succeed
2018 (English)In: Journal of Ancient Judaism, ISSN 1869-3296, E-ISSN 2196-7954, Vol. 9, no 1, p. 75-100Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Keywords
Bible. Leviticus -- Criticism, Literary, Historical criticism (Literature), Structuralism (Literary analysis), Purity, Ritual -- Judaism, Cognitive grammar, Cosmology -- Allegory and symbolism
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-429 (URN)
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2018). Smuts, skam, status: Perspektiv på samkönad sexualitet i Bibeln och antiken. Göteborg/ Stockholm: Makadam Förlag
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Smuts, skam, status: Perspektiv på samkönad sexualitet i Bibeln och antiken
2018 (Swedish)Book (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
Abstract [sv]

Västerlandet har en historia av förtryck och förtal av homosexuella som bygger på en blandning av religiösa och kulturella föreställningar. Men de bibliska texter som fördömer samkönade sexuella handlingar är få och knappast begripliga utan grundläggande kunskap om antika samhällsmönster och föreställningar.

I Smuts, skam, status. Perspektiv på samkönad sexualitet i Bibeln och antiken granskas ett urval texter från Främre Orienten, Grekland och Rom, utifrån tre tolkningsparadigm: renhet–orenhet, makt och underordning, samt heder och skam. Thomas Kazen, professor i bibelvetenskap vid Teologiska högskolan Stockholm, visar hur en bakomliggande hierarkisk och hedersrelaterad grundsyn kan göra texterna mer begripliga. Han reflekterar också över de stora skillnader – men också likheter – mellan antika och moderna värderingar, som kan anas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg/ Stockholm: Makadam Förlag, 2018. p. 228
Series
Studia Theologica Holmiensia, ISSN 1401-1557 ; 30
National Category
History of Religions History and Archaeology
Research subject
History of Religions; Biblical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-368 (URN)9789170612718 (ISBN)
Available from: 2019-09-22 Created: 2019-09-22 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2017). Disgust in Body, Mind, and Language: The Case of Impurity. In: F. Scott Spencer (Ed.), Mixed Feelings and Vexed Passions in Biblical Literature: Exploring Emotions in Biblical Literature  (pp. 97-115). Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Disgust in Body, Mind, and Language: The Case of Impurity
2017 (English)In: Mixed Feelings and Vexed Passions in Biblical Literature: Exploring Emotions in Biblical Literature  / [ed] F. Scott Spencer, Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature , 2017, p. 97-115Chapter in book (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Atlanta, GA: Society of Biblical Literature, 2017
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-686 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-09
Kazen, T. (2017). Emotional Ethics in Biblical Texts: Cultural Construction and Biological Bases of Morality. Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, 6(4), 431-456
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Emotional Ethics in Biblical Texts: Cultural Construction and Biological Bases of Morality
2017 (English)In: Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel, ISSN 2192-2276, E-ISSN 2192-2284, Vol. 6, no 4, p. 431-456Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the evolution of human beings as a successful social species, emotions have played a crucial role. This article focuses on the role of empathy for moral discernment, and especially on its role for an expanding altruism. Although a cultural construct, morality rests on emotional underpinnings which have ensured the survival of humankind. Some of these mechanisms are illustrated by a discussion of select biblical and Second Temple period Jewish texts, including texts from the Covenant Code, Deuteronomy, the Holiness Code, Proverbs, Genesis, and ben Sira. Special attention is given to definitions of altruism, the role of kin, and potentials for expanding empathy beyond assumed limits.

Keywords
Bible. Exodus 19-40, Holiness Code, Human evolution, Ethics, Evolutionary, Altruism, Emotions (Philosophy)
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-430 (URN)10.1628/219222717x15235367195631 (DOI)
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved
Kazen, T. (2017). Jesu Interpretation der Tora. In: Jens Schröter, Christine Jacobi (Ed.), Jesus Handbuch: (pp. 402-416). Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Jesu Interpretation der Tora
2017 (German)In: Jesus Handbuch / [ed] Jens Schröter, Christine Jacobi, Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017, p. 402-416Chapter in book (Refereed)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2017
National Category
Religious Studies
Research subject
Biblical Studies, New testament
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-687 (URN)
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-09
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