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Olyan, Saul M.

Works: 32 works in 188 publications in 2 languages and 11,206 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Conference papers and proceedings  Manuscripts 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor
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Publications about Saul M Olyan
Publications by Saul M Olyan
Most widely held works by Saul M Olyan
Sexual orientation & human rights in American religious discourse ( Book )
6 editions published in 1998 in English and held by 527 libraries worldwide
Asherah and the cult of Yahweh in Israel by Saul M Olyan( Book )
12 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and held by 432 libraries worldwide
Rites and rank : hierarchy in biblical representations of cult by Saul M Olyan( Book )
14 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 356 libraries worldwide
"Bringing the focus on four binary pairs - holy/common, Israelite/alien, clean/unclean, and whole/blemished - Olyan shows how these privileged oppositions were used to restrict access to cultic spaces, such as the temple or the Passover table. These ritual sites, therefore, became the primary contexts for creating and recreating unequal social relations. Olyan also uncovers a pattern of challenge to the established hierarchies by nonprivileged groups."--Jacket
Priesthood and cult in ancient Israel by Gary A Anderson( Book )
12 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 350 libraries worldwide
During the last decade or so there has been a renewed interest in the study of cult and priesthood. The various individuals who have contributed essays to this volume are of both junior and senior rank and from both Christian and Jewish backgrounds. Certain essays represent the fruitful interchange that is now developing among historians of religion, anthropologists and biblical scholars. Others focus on parallels between aspects of Israelite religion and their counterparts in Canaanite and early Greek contexts. There are also contributions on the literary shape of the priestly law-code
Household and family religion in antiquity by John P Bodel( Book )
21 editions published between 2008 and 2015 in English and held by 349 libraries worldwide
"Household and Family Religion in Antiquity is the first book to explore the religious dimensions of the family and the household in ancient Mediterranean and West Asian antiquity." "With an approach that is both contextual and comparative, essays examine domestic and familial religious practices in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Israel, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, Emar, and Philistia. Taking in a range of religious expression, from supplication of a household's patron deities to contact with dead ancestors, Household and Family Religion in Antiquity advances our understanding of a distinct and widespread ancient religions phenomenon."--Jacket
Biblical mourning : ritual and social dimensions by Saul M Olyan( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2006 in English and held by 331 libraries worldwide
"Taking into account both recent and classic anthropological research on mourning in specific societies and cross-culturally, from Hertz and van Gennep to Metcalf and Huntington and Bloch and Parry, the author has undertaken a comprehensive exploration of both the ritual and social dimensions of biblical mourning. His reconstruction of biblical mourning considers its variety, its ritual patterns, the social links it establishes, perpetuates, and transforms, its temporal structure, and the loci in which it does its work."--Jacket
Disability in the Hebrew Bible : interpreting mental and physical differences by Saul M Olyan( Book )
14 editions published between 2008 and 2012 in English and held by 284 libraries worldwide
"Mental and physical disability, ubiquitous in texts of the Hebrew Bible, receive their first thoroughgoing treatment in this monograph. Saul Olyan seeks to reconstruct the Hebrew Bible's particular ideas of what is disabling and their potential social ramifications. Biblical representations of disability and biblical classification schemas - both explicit and implicit - are compared with those of the Hebrew Bible's larger ancient West Asian cultural context and with those of the later Jewish biblical interpreters who produced the Dead Sea Scrolls. This study helps the reader gain a deeper and more subtle understanding of the ways in which biblical writers construct hierarchically significant difference and privilege certain groups (e.g., persons with "whole bodies") over others (e.g., persons with physical "defects"). It also explores how ancient interpreters of the Hebrew Bible, such as the Qumran sectarians, reconfigure earlier biblical notions and classification models of disability for their own contexts and ends."--BOOK JACKET
"A wise and discerning mind" : essays in honor of Burke O. Long ( Book )
9 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 202 libraries worldwide
Friendship in the Hebrew Bible by Saul M Olyan( Book )
7 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 188 libraries worldwide
Friendship, though a topic of considerable humanistic and cross disciplinary interest in contemporary scholarship, has been largely ignored by scholars of the Hebrew Bible, possibly because of its complexity and elusiveness. Filling a significant gap in our knowledge and understanding of biblical texts, Saul M. Olyan provides this original, accessible analysis of a key form of social relationship. In this thorough and compelling assessment, Olyan analyzes a wide range of texts, including prose narratives, prophetic materials, psalms, pre-Hellenistic wisdom collections, and the Hellenistic-era wisdom book Ben Sira. This in-depth, contextually sensitive, and theoretically engaged study explores how the expectations of friends and family members overlap and differ, examining, among other things, characteristics that make the friend a distinct social actor; failed friendship; and friendships in narratives such as those of Ruth and Naomi, and Jonathan and David. Olyan presents a comprehensive look at what constitutes friendship in the Hebrew Bible
A thousand thousands served Him : exegesis and the naming of angels in ancient Judaism by Saul M Olyan( Book )
6 editions published in 1993 in English and German and held by 181 libraries worldwide
Social theory and the study of Israelite religion : essays in retrospect and prospect ( Book )
15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 173 libraries worldwide
"This volume assesses the past, theoretically engaged work on Israelite religion and presents new approaches to particular problems and larger interpretive and methadological questions. It gathers previously unpublished research by senior and mid-career scholars well known for their contributions in the area of social theory and the study of the Israelite religion and by junior scholars whose writing is just beginning to have a serious impact on the field. The volume begins with a critical introduction by the editor. Topics of interest to the contributors include gender, violence, social change, the festivals, the dynamics of shame and honor, and the relationship of text to ritual. The contrbutors engage theory from social and cultural anthropology, sociology, postcolonial studies, and ritual studies. Theoretical models are evaluated in light of the primary data, and some authors modify or adapt theory to increase its utility for biblical studies."--Back cover
Ritual violence in the Hebrew Bible : new perspectives ( Book )
8 editions published between 2015 and 2016 in English and held by 129 libraries worldwide
"This volume is intended to bring into relief the full range of violent rites represented in the Hebrew Bible many rarely, if ever, consider. It seeks to explore what acts of ritual violence might accomplish socio-politically in their particular settings and the ways in which engagement with theory from a variety of disciplines can contribute to our understanding of ritual violence as a phenomenon"--
Family and household religion : toward a synthesis of Old Testament studies, archaeology, epigraphy, and cultural studies by Rainer Albertz( Book )
4 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 102 libraries worldwide
"This is the most recent collective contribution of a group of biblical scholars and archaeologists who are engaged in an ongoing debate about the nature of family and household religion in ancient Israel and its environment. It is intended to complement the volume Household and Family Religion in Antiquity, edited by John Bodel and Saul M. Olyan (Bodel and Olyan 2008), which grew out of a conference held at Brown University in 2005 on household and family religion in the ancient Mediterranean world, with an emphasis on cross-cultural comparison. After the conference at Brown, there was a session held at the meeting of the European Association of Biblical Studies in Budapest in 2006 in which the focus was narrowed to the gender dimensions of Israelite family/household religion. Two more sessions focusing on the Israelite house as a locus of family religion took place at the European Association of Biblical Studies meeting in Vienna in 2007. A fourth meeting at Westfaelische Wilhelms-Universitaet Muenster in April 2009 emphasized theoretical and methodological challenges facing scholars of household and family religion (e.g., the conceptualization of family/household religion, the problem of identifying pertinent artifacts, and the difficulties inherent in using texts together with material evidence). This volume is a direct outgrowth of the Muenster meeting"--
"The one who sows bountifully" : essays in honor of Stanley K. Stowers by Caroline Johnson Hodge( Book )
5 editions published between 1900 and 2014 in English and held by 93 libraries worldwide
Qumrân cave 4 by Harold W Attridge( Book )
2 editions published in 1994 in English and held by 80 libraries worldwide
Social inequality in the world of the text : the significance of ritual and social distinctions in the Hebrew Bible by Saul M Olyan( Book )
6 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 69 libraries worldwide
HauptbeschreibungThis volume consists of fifteen of the author's essays, including two that have never been published before. The essays date to the last decade and a half, and all reflect in some manner the author's ongoing interest in literary operations of classification and their social implications, particularly the production of distinctions which create social inequality in the world of the text, and have the potential to generate hierarchical social relationships in contexts where biblical texts might have had an impact on real people. In these essays, the author explores themes such a
Problems in the history of the cult and priesthood in ancient Israel by Saul M Olyan( Archival Material )
16 editions published between 1985 and 1986 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Worship, women, and war : essays in honor of Susan Niditch ( Book )
2 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 3 libraries worldwide
The oaths of Amos 8.14 by Saul M Olyan( Article )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Social Theory and the Study of Israelite Religion by Saul M Olyan( Book )
1 edition published in 2012 in English and held by 2 libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Mitchell Olyan, Saul
Olyan, Saul Mitchell
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German (1)
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