Description: For several decades sociologists and cultural anthropologists have intensively
researched the role of the senses in a variety of cultures, and their studies show
how diverse cultures understand and evaluate the five or more senses differently. In
this collection of eighteen essays, biblical and ancient Near Eastern scholars, as well
as cultural anthropologists, apply the questions and methods from anthropological
and sociological studies to Israel, Mesopotamia, and Egypt. Experts offer insights into the meaning of the senses in the ancient world, examining the classical
senses (seeing, hearing, touching, smelling, tasting) as well as other senses (such as kinesthesis and the sense of balance) and sense-related issues (such as disgust,
sensory imagination, and disabilities). This collection provides a stimulus and a
basis for students and scholars to explore the senses in the ancient Near East. Contributors include Constance Classen, Nicla De Zori, Jan Dietrich, Dorothée Elwart, Sibylle Emerit, Dorothea Erbele-Küster, Greg Schmidt Goering, Dora Goldsmith, Marianne Grohmann, David Howes, Kirsty L. Jones, Thomas Krüger, Kiersten Neumann, Anne-Caroline Rendu Loisel, Annette Schellenberg, Thomas Staubli, Meghan E. Strong, Allison Thomason, and Pierre van Hecke.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, Archaeology, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches
Review by Margaret Cohen
Citation: Margaret Cohen, review of Annette Schellenberg and Thomas Krüger, eds., Sounding Sensory Profiles in the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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