Special Issue "Body in the Bible"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 August 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Yudit K. Greenberg

Rollins College, 1000 Holt Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789, USA
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Interests: modern and contemporary jewish thought; women and religion; cross-cultural views of love and the body

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The body in the Bible is significant materially and symbolically for the Abrahamic religions. Biblical narratives, poetry, and prophetic literature that depict the body have contributed to cultural constructions of gender, sexuality, morality, and divinity. This volume brings together trans-disciplinary and innovative approaches to the discourse of the body in the Bible, its impact on religion in particular, and culture and society in general.

Prof. Dr. Yudit K. Greenberg
Guest Editor

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  • Body Symbolism
  • Bible
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Soul

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Open AccessArticle What Are the “Long Nostrils” of YHWH?
Religions 2017, 8(9), 190; doi:10.3390/rel8090190
Received: 14 July 2017 / Revised: 30 August 2017 / Accepted: 9 September 2017 / Published: 15 September 2017
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The mention of YHWH’s “nostrils” (ʾapayīm) in the Bible is classically interpreted as a metonymy of the face and/or a metaphor for anger. The reference to their length and even to their elongation, however, rules out any entirely satisfying explanation in
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The mention of YHWH’s “nostrils” (ʾapayīm) in the Bible is classically interpreted as a metonymy of the face and/or a metaphor for anger. The reference to their length and even to their elongation, however, rules out any entirely satisfying explanation in this semantic context. If this term is construed as a tuyère, as is identified in Dan 10:20, the use of ʾapayīm in Ex 15:8 becomes clear. This interpretation also explains the denotation of patience and loving-kindness as ʾerek ʾapayīm (the so-called “long nostrils” of YHWH) because the air pressure generated by a blast from a tuyère (=its power) decreases proportionally to its length. Accordingly, the liturgical formulae that includes this expression (Ex 34:6; Num 14:18; Joel 2:13; Jon 4:2; Pss 86:15; 103:8; 145:8; Neh 9:17) praise YHWH for the forbearance of voluntarily restraining the power of his reaction to annoying events on earth. This interpretation also clarifies the use of ʾapapayīm in Isa 48:9; Jer 15:15, and Nah 1:3. Furthermore, these last-mentioned instances reveal that beyond their metaphoric meaning, the divine ʾapayīm evoke an essential attribute of YHWH. The significance of these findings is discussed in view of the duality of anthropomorphic and aniconic representations of YHWH in ancient Israel. Full article
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