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The Unremembered Dead: The Non-burial Motif in the Hebrew Bible
Mansen, F. Dorie

Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2018 pp. xii + 340. $123.00

Series Information
Perspectives on Hebrew Scriptures and Its Contents, 26

Description: The Unremembered Dead examines the motif of non-burial in the Hebrew Bible in its ancient Near Eastern contexts. Mansen proposes a new typology for analyzing references to post-mortem abuse and demonstrates the motif's variability of form and range of functions in both biblical and extra-biblical texts. Investigating the social and literary contexts in which the non-burial motif appears, Mansen establishes how gruesome threats functioned as deadly literary weapons within the biblical authors' ideologically-shaped rhetorical arsenal.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Byron R. McCane
Published 9/12/2019
Citation: Byron R. McCane, review of F. Dorie Mansen, The Unremembered Dead: The Non-burial Motif in the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2019).

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