The Bible has shaped our ideas about God and religion, but also our cultural preferences about human existence and experience; our concept of life and death; our attitude to sex and gender; our habits of eating and drinking; our understanding of history. Examining God's body, from his head to his hands, feet and genitals, she shows how the Western idea of God developed. She explores the places and artefacts that shaped our view of this singular God and the ancient religions and societies of the biblical world.
And in doing so she analyses not only the origins of our oldest monotheistic religions, but also the origins of Western culture.
Francesca Stavrakopoulou25,00 € 23,25 €
Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou is Professor of Hebrew Bible and Ancient Religion at the University of Exeter. Alongside her expertise in ancient Israelite and Judahite religions, her research interests include material religion; ancient constructs of the body and personhood; anthropological and archaeological approaches to ancient religion; mythology and ritual; kingship in ancient southwest Asia; history and ideology in the Hebrew Bible; methods of historical reconstruction; constructs of ‘popular’ and ‘official’ religion; and ‘secular’ approaches to teaching and learning in biblical studies.