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The Responsive SelfPersonal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods$
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Susan Niditch

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300166361

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300166361.001.0001

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The Negotiating Self

The Negotiating Self

Vowing and Personal Religion

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The Responsive Self

Susan Niditch

Yale University Press

This chapter provides an analysis of Numbers 6, a description of the Nazirite vow; Numbers 30, a text dealing with women’s vows; and other references to vows in legal and narrative contexts. These examples reveal an important thread in the social, theological, economic, and personal dimensions of Persian period Judaism. Vows relating to war provide revealing contrasts with late-biblical examples from Numbers 6 and 30.

Keywords:   vow, Nazirite, votive offering, Samson, Hannah, Samuel, Jephthah’s daughter, war, women

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