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Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel (Gregory Mobley) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2005) 9780300140125
Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel (Gregory Mobley) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2005) 9780300140125
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Title: Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel

Author: Mobley, Gregory

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 2005

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300140125

Volumes: 1; Pages: 320

List Price in Cloth: $65.00 Our price: $55.99

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Gregory Mobley brings a new, highly original eye to the familiar stories found in Judges, the history of Israel during the century and a half the tribes lacked a common leader, and the first and second books of Samuel, which portray the beginning of the monarchical period. From the epic of Gideon's army to the tale of Samson and Delilah to the history of David's family and the disputes surrounding the succession to the throne, Mobley compares well-known Bible stories to ancient Semitic and European heroic traditions, exposes the elements they share, and demonstrates that these heroic elements were obscured by the theologically minded editors of the Bible.THE EMPTY MEN describes the process by which adventure stories-replete with sex, war, assassinations, sacrifice, and political intrigue-are transformed into religious lessons meant to justify the ways of God. Mobley's argument that the stories of Samson, David, and other Biblical heroes were initially related solely as entertainment before becoming fodder for sermons and theology is a controversial one, sure to attract a lot of attention in the scholarly community.Contents1 Muster 2 Heroic culture 3 Heroic conventions 4 Ehud and the monoliths 5 Gideon and the winepress 6 Samson and the three women 7 The heroic age
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