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The Responsive Self: Personal Religion in Biblical Literature of the Neo-Babylonian and Persian Periods

Susan Niditch


This book deals with matters of self-representation and the presentation of selves. How does late-biblical literature portray individuals’ emotions, disappointments, desires, and doubts within particular cultural and religious frameworks? The goal is to explore ways in which followers of Yahweh, participating in long-standing traditions and specific socio-historical settings of late-biblical times, are shown to privatize and personalize religion. The author is interested in a variety of phenomena including the use of first-person speech in literary creations, the assumption of seemingly auto-b ... More

Keywords: personal religion, material culture, lived religion, ritual, symbol, self, traditional literature, theodicy, death, embodiment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300166361
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300166361.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Niditch, author
Amherst College