By Saul M. Olyan
A complete research of the ritual dimensions of biblical mourning rites, this ebook additionally seeks to light up mourning's social dimensions via engagement with anthropological dialogue of mourning, from Hertz and van Gennep to contemporaries similar to Metcalf and Huntington and Bloch and Parry.
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G. 1 Kgs. 21: 27, 29; 2 Kgs. 22: 19; Ps. 38: 7 (Eng. g. Dan. 10: 12; cf. v. 2) or debasement (Ps. 35: 14; 44: 26 (Eng. g. Deut. 28: 48; Isa. 20: 4; Amos 2: 16). g. Ps. 88: 6, 11–13 (Eng. 5, 10–12) ), and if mourners practise a form of identiﬁcation with the dead, as some scholars have asserted, then mourners, too, debase themselves in order to realize this identiﬁcation. 21 18 ‘ “Trauerbräuche” und “Selbstminderungsriten” ’, 87–8, 90. Kutsch claims that all such practices are ‘rites of debasement’ (‘Minderungsriten’), but provides little argument for his case.
21: 1–4 hints, through its mention of the potential that one may pollute 27 Numbers 19 is made up of both Priestly and Holiness materials. The description of the puriﬁcation rites in vv. 17–19 is to be assigned to the Priestly Writing; the brief mention of puriﬁcation requirements in v. 12 belongs to the Holiness Source. On the division of Numbers 19 into sources, see I. Knohl, The Sanctuary of Silence: The Priestly Torah and the Holiness School (trans. J. Feldman and P. Rodman; Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995), 93–4.
G. Gen. 50: 10; 1 Sam. 31: 13; Sir. 22: 12). Some passages speak of a thirty-day mourning period (Num. 20: 29; Deut. 34: 8; cf. 21: 13). Though later Jewish tradition would, to some extent, attempt to harmonize these diﬀerences in textual representations of the length of the mourning period, in their original context, they may reﬂect the practices of diﬀerent communities in diﬀerent time periods. 23 In any case, each attested 22 For the rabbinic construction of an initial seven-day mourning period as a component of a fuller thirty-day mourning period, see Feldman, Deﬁlement and Mourning, 79–88, who cites relevant texts such as Semahot 7: 8, 9; 10: 12; and b.
Biblical Mourning: Ritual and Social Dimensions by Saul M. Olyan