The Idea of Holiness and the Humane Response A study of the concept of...
First Published in 1981, The Idea of Holiness and the Humane Response is a radically innovative book, presenting a critical appraisal of the concept of holiness and its effects. It offers a view of holiness far less favourable than the traditional one, yet its conclusions are by no means purely critical or negative. For it sees certain other elements in Hebrew thought as marvelously rich and fertile, insistently reasserting themselves, but repeatedly overwhelmed by an opposed and stronger passion for the idea of holiness. This book is an interesting read for scholars of religion, social history and psychology.
Acknowledgements Preface Part I: The Idea of Holiness 1. The Sacralism of the Hebrews 2. The Hebrew Attitude to Animals 3. The Poetic Forms of the Hebrews 4. Hebrew Sacralism and the Humane Response 5. Hebrew Sacralism and Foreign Nations Part II: The Historic Sequel 6. Holiness and the Humane Response in the Age of the Fathers - I 7. Holiness and the Humane Response in the Age of the Fathers – II 8. Holiness and the Humane Response in the Middle Ages - I 9. Holiness and the Humane Response in the Middle Ages – II References