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Emotional Fear in Pentateuchal Legal Collections
University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4683-3302
2019 (English)In: Language, Cognition, and Biblical Exegesis: Interpreting MindsĀ  / [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.

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London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019. p. 40-62
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Scientific Studies of Religion: Inquiry and Explanation
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Humanities and the Arts
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Biblical Studies, Old testament
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-682OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-682DiVA, id: diva2:1376388
Available from: 2019-12-09 Created: 2019-12-09 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved

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