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The Spirit within Me: Self and Agency in Ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism

Carol A. Newsom and John J. Collins


This book examines changing models of the self in ancient Israel and Second Temple Judaism. Although all humans possess certain neurophysiological structures and processes that underlie the sense of “self,” significant cultural variation exists in the ways in which personal experience of the self and the social significance of the self are construed. Many of the assumptions about the self and its agency identifiable during the period of the monarchy persisted into later periods. But strikingly new ways of representing self and agency begin to occur in the Persian and Hellenistic periods, inclu ... More

Keywords: Self, Agency, Subjectivity, Interiority, Second Temple Judaism, Dead Sea Scrolls

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780300208689
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300208689.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol A. Newsom, author
Emory University

John J. Collins, series editor