The Responsive Self: Personal Religion in Biblical by Susan Niditch

By Susan Niditch

Works created within the interval from the Babylonian conquest of Judea during the takeover and rule of Judea and Samaria through imperial Persia display a profound curiosity within the spiritual responses of people and an intimate engagement with the character of private adventure. utilizing the wealthy and sundry physique of literature preserved within the Hebrew Bible, Susan Niditch examines ways that fans of Yahweh, partaking in long-standing traditions, are proven to denationalise and customize faith. Their reviews stay proper to a number of the questions we nonetheless ask this present day: Why do undesirable issues take place to strong humans? Does God pay attention me whilst I name out in hassle? How do I outline myself? Do i've got a private courting with a divine being? How do I take care of chaos and make feel of my adventure? What roles do fabric gadgets and personal practices play inside of my spiritual existence? those questions deeply engaged the traditional writers of the Bible, they usually proceed to intrigue modern those that attempt to locate which means in existence and to make experience of the world.
The Responsive Self studies various phenomena, together with using first-person speech, probably autobiographic types and orientations, the emphasis on person accountability for sin, curiosity within the emotional dimensions of biblical characters, and outlines of self-imposed ritual. This set of pursuits lends itself to intriguing methods within the modern examine of faith, together with the concept that of “lived religion,” and includes figuring out and describing what humans really do and think in cultures of religion.

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