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From Fertility Cult to Worship

Reassessment for the Modern Church

By (author) Walter Harrelson
Genres: Judaism
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Scholars Press, Georgia, United States
Published: 31st Dec 1981
Dimensions: w 140mm h 220mm
ISBN-10: 0891303790
ISBN-13: 9780891303794
Barcode No: 9780891303794

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Professor Harrelson's concern in this book is with the cultic worship of ancient Israel. If the purity of worship which is so desirable today can be found in the practices of pristine Christianity, then the study of the most pristine "Christianity" of all - i.e., Judaism - can shed a great deal of light on contemporary religious problems. Developing that thesis, the author, after, an introductory chapter on the Israelite world-view, selects the central features of the Israelites' acts of celebration for examination - the cultic calendar, the material and personnel of celebration, worship in relation to creation, to the history of salvation, and to the Torah. A final, and concluding, chapter discusses Israelite eschatology in its intimate connection with cultic worship. The book essentially is the first step in the formulation of a mode of worship suitable to a religionless age, a mode characterized by Israelite secularism and qualified by a rational agnosticism. In the sense that it assumes that the act of worship must remain, and that only the forms of worship must be modified, it is a book for believers, but believers of both Christian and Jewish persuasion. Both will find the book readable and interesting, historically as well as theologically, if somewhat textbookish in format and presentation. (Kirkus Reviews)