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Lift Up Your Heads: Nonverbal Communication and Related Imagery in the Bible
Davies, John A.

Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2018 pp. xv + 196. $26.00

Description: We are increasingly conscious of the significance of our body language in our everyday interactions. The writers of the Bible were also aware of the role this nonverbal form of communication played and have recorded aspects of this in their narratives, or used idioms based on such gestures as head or hand movements, eye contact, and modes of dress. As with spoken or written language, postures and gestures need to be interpreted against a cultural background. This book provides a comprehensive overview of this rich world of nonverbal communication in the Old and New Testaments for the general reader and scholar alike.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, New Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Poetics

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Review by Paul Korchin
Published 9/26/2019
Citation: Paul Korchin, review of John A. Davies, Lift Up Your Heads: Nonverbal Communication and Related Imagery in the Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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