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Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology: The Malleable Self and the Presence of God (Tyson L Putthoff) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004336407
Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology: The Malleable Self and the Presence of God (Tyson L Putthoff) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2016) 9789004336407
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Title: Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology: The Malleable Self and the Presence of God

Author: Putthoff, Tyson L

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2016

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004336407

Volumes: 1; Pages: 356

List Price in Hardcover: $152.00 Our price: $121.99

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In Ontological Aspects of Early Jewish Anthropology, Tyson L. Putthoff explores early Jewish beliefs about how the human self reacts ontologically in God's presence. Combining contemporary theory with sound exegesis, Putthoff demonstrates that early Jews widely considered the self to be intrinsically malleable, such that it mimics the ontological state of the space it inhabits. In divine space, they believed, the self therefore shares in the ontological state of God himself. The book is critical for students and scholars alike. In putting forth a new framework for conceptualising early Jewish anthropology, it challenges scholars to rethink not only what early Jews believed about the self but how we approach the subject in the first place.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

Chapter 1-Introduction: The Self and the Mystical Experience

Chapter 2-Aseneth the Anti-Eve: The Re-Created Self in an Egyptian Jewish Tale

Chapter 3-Philo's Bridge to Perfection: De opificio mundi and the End of the Self

Chapter 4-God's Anthropomorphous House: The Self-Constructed Temple at Qumran

Chapter 5-When Disciples Enter Heavenly Space: Self-Transformation in Bavli Sotah 49a

Chapter 6-Transformed by His Glory: Self-Glorification in Hekhalot Zutarti

Chapter 7-Conclusion: Towards a Mimetic Anthropology of Early Judaism

Bibliography

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