Of Wings and Wheels: A Synthetic Study of the Biblical Cherubim

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Walter de Gruyter, 2008 - Religion - 253 pages
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"This study examines the physical form and cultic function of the biblical cherubim. Previous studies of the cherubim have placed too great an emphasis on archaeological and etymological data. This monograph presents a new synthetic study, which prioritizes the evidence supplied by the biblical texts. Biblical exegesis, using literary and historical-critical methods, forms the large part of the investigation (Part I). The findings arising from the exegetical discussion provide the basis upon which comparison with etymological and archaeological data is made (Parts II and III). The results suggest that traditions envisaging the cherubim as tutelary winged quadrupeds, with one head and one set of wings, were supplanted by traditions that conceived of them as more enigmatic, obeisant beings."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Root krb and Comparative Semitic Material
141
The Archaeological Evidence
157
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Alice Wood, London, UK.

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