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Bodies, Embodiment, and Theology of the Hebrew Bible
Kamionkowski, S. Tamar and Wonil Kim, editors

New York: T&T Clark, 2010 pp. x + 250. $120.00

Series Information
Library of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Studies, 465


Description: Recognizing that human experience is very much influenced by inhabiting bodies, the past decade has seen a surge in studies about representation of bodies in religious experience and human imaginations regarding the Divine. The understanding of embodiment as central to human experience has made a big impact within religious studies particularly in contemporary Christian theology, feminist, cultural and ideological criticism and anthropological approaches to the Hebrew Bible. Within the sub-field of theology of the Hebrew Bible, the conversation is still dominated by assumptions that the God of the Hebrew Bible does not have a body and that embodiment of the divine is a new concept introduced outside of the Hebrew Bible. To a great extent, the insights regarding how body discourse can communicate information have not yet been incorporated into theological studies

Subjects: Methods, Theological Approaches, Biblical Theology, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament Theology

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Review by Johan H. Coetzee
Published 2/1/2011
Citation: Johan H. Coetzee, review of S. Tamar Kamionkowski and Wonil Kim, eds., Bodies, Embodiment, and Theology of the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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