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Christus in natura

Quellen, Hermeneutik und Rezeption des Physiologus

[Christus in natura. Sources, Hermeneutics and Reception of the Physiologus]

Ed. by Kindschi Garský, Zbyněk / Hirsch-Luipold, Rainer

Funded by Schweizerischer Nationalfonds (SNF)

Series:Studies of the Bible and Its Reception (SBR) 11

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Tiere und ihre Symbolik im Alten Testament

Schroer, Silvia


In ancient Israel, animals played an important role in the everyday life and in religious concepts. Relying on examples, this chapter aims to show how certain animals were associated with typical imagery within biblical tradition. Animal images, symbols or metaphors are often derived not from texts, but from more ancient - namely iconographic - traditions shared by Ancient Near Eastern cultures. Evidence for these pictorial traditions exists from the earliest ages onward, in some specific cases as early as the sixth millennium BCE. In contrast to the Physiologus, the animal imagery of the biblical tradition is an imagery “avant la lettre”.

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Silvia Schroer (2019). Tiere und ihre Symbolik im Alten Testament. In Zbyněk Kindschi Garský, Rainer Hirsch-Luipold (Eds.), Christus in natura: Quellen, Hermeneutik und Rezeption des Physiologus (pp. 55–62). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110494143-007

Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110494143

Online ISBN: 9783110494143

© 2019 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Munich/Boston. BY-NC-ND 4.0 This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

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