This Abled Body: Rethinking Disabilities in Biblical Studies by Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, Jeremy Schipper

By Hector Avalos, Sarah J. Melcher, Jeremy Schipper

The burgeoning box of incapacity reports has lately emerged in the humanities and social sciences and, for that reason, incapacity isn't any longer visible because the organic of a person physique yet as a posh manufactured from social, political, environmental, and organic discourses. The groundbreaking essays of This Abled physique have interaction bible study in dialog with the broader box of incapacity reviews. They discover using the conceptual classification incapacity in biblical and close to jap texts and view how conceptions of incapacity develop into a method of narrating, analyzing, and organizing human lifestyles. making use of varied ways to biblical feedback, students discover methodological matters and particular texts regarding actual and cognitive disabilities. Responses to the essays through proven incapacity activists and teachers operating within the social sciences and arts finish the amount. The individuals are Martin Albl, Hector Avalos, Bruce C. Birch, Carole R. Fontaine, Thomas Hentrich, Nicole Kelley, Janet Lees, Sarah J. Melcher, David Mitchell, Jeremy Schipper, Sharon Snyder, Holly Joan Toensing, Neal H. partitions, and Kerry H. Wynn.

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The Akkadian term for a stillborn fetus, ku ¯bu, is usually written with the determinative for a divine being (see Rivkah Harris 2000:9), perhaps because their spirits may haunt the living. Their spirits were also provided with a comfortable existence in the netherworld in Mesopotamian myth (see George 1999:189). See also Rivkah Harris (2000:15– 16 with notes) on the burial of stillborn infants and children under the floors of houses. 9. See Stol (2000:39–48) for a convenient overview of abortion in ancient Mesopotamia.

Patterson 1995 addresses the problem of exposure and infanticide in greater detail. A more general discussion of the abandonment and exposure of children in Western cultures can be found in Boswell 1988. It does appear that, broadly speaking, Greeks and Romans responded differently to abnormal births. In the ancient world such births functioned as a type of divination, although there is no evidence to suggest that ancient Greeks kept official records of these events or attempted to expiate them (Garland 1995:65).

A disability, cultic impurity, or even a blemish might bar a person from entering the sacred precincts of the temple. Babylonian texts record a number of physical conditions that disqualify a man from serving as a diviner or priest (see van der Toorn 1985:29–30, 169). A late version of this tradition, in a text edited by Wilfred G. Lambert (1998), requires that the ba¯rû-priest be of a particular familial descent and “flawless in body and limbs” (ina gatti u ina minâti¯šu šuklulu) (lines 27–28).

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