The Empty Men: The Heroic Tradition of Ancient Israel
Gregory Mobley (Author)
DescriptionThe Empty Men describes the process by which adventure stories--replete with foolish love, warfare, assassinations, ritual slaughter, and grim masculine codes--were transformed into sermons and history lessons. Mobley also offers reflections on the Iron Age theology of these narratives, with their emphasis on poetic justice, and on the mythic dimensions of landscape in these stories. Mobley is sure to attract much attention in the scholarly community for his raw portrayals of biblical heroes, for his unblinking attention to the martial codes and the warrior subculture of ancient Israel, and for his bittersweet reflections on the theological and ethical significance of this corpus of adventure stories that are under the surface--but close to the bedrock--of the many mansions that Judaism and Christianity have built in subsequent centuries on these foundational texts.
Yale University Press
December 01, 2005
6.43 X 0.98 X 9.54 inches | 1.3 pounds
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About the Author
Gregory Mobley is associate professor of Old Testament studies at Andover Newton Theological School in Newton Centre, Massachusetts.