Disembodied Souls: The Nefesh in Israel and Kindred Spirits in the Ancient Near East, with an Appendix on the Katumuwa Inscription (Ancient Near East Monographs)

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A reevaluation of the concept of the soul based on the latest evidence

Biblical scholars have long claimed that the Israelites could not conceive of a disembodied nefesh [soul]. Steiner rejects that claim based on a broad spectrum of textual, linguistic, archaeological, and anthropological evidence spanning the millennia from prehistoric times to the present. The biblical evidence includes a prophecy of Ezekiel condemning women who pretend to trap the wandering souls of sleeping people. The extrabiblical evidence suggests that a belief in the existence of disembodied souls was part of the common religious heritage of the peoples of the ancient Near East.

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  • A re-examination of the evidence for and against disembodied souls in the Hebrew Bible
  • A new look at the nature and behavior of disembodied souls in the Hebrew Bible
  • A new study of the meaning and sociolinguistic background of the Katumuwa inscription

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Richard C. Steiner is Professor Emeritus of Semitic Languages and Literatures at the Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. His publications include The Case for Fricative-Laterals in Proto-Semitic (American Oriental Society); Affricated Sade in the Semitic Languages (American Academy for Jewish Research); Stockmen from Tekoa, Sycomores from Sheba: A Study of Amos Occupations (Catholic Biblical Association of America); A Biblical Translation in the Making: The Evolution and Impact of Saadia Gaon s Tafsir (Harvard University Center for Jewish Studies); and Early Northwest Semitic Serpent Spells in the Pyramid Texts (Harvard Semitic Museum/Eisenbrauns).

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