Ekstase und Selbstlazeration im Kontext von Mantik
The Hebrew Bible witnesses that rites of self-mutilation and mutilations of others in the context of trance-prophecy occured among the Nabis, in particular among prophetical groups like in 1 Kgs 18:28ff.; 1 Kgs 20:35-37 and Sach 13:2-6. The present arcticle argues that these rites, nevertheless opposed as well in the priestly and deuteronomistic as in the prophetical traditions, are not a mere 'survival" of Canaanite religious practice abandoned by "ethical monotheism" (as seen in the mainstream of Hebrew Bible scholarship) but are rooted in the west-semitic heritage and are well persisting in the Hellenistic period. Rites of self-mutilation and mutilations of others are to be understood as an essential part of ecstatic prophetical practice to seek divine revelation, ore – more generally – to communicate with the divine realm, to generate communitas among the members of prophetical groups, and to show devotion.
Schmitt, R. (2016)., Ekstase und Selbstlazeration im Kontext von Mantik, in M. Jung, M. Bauks & A. Ackermann (Hrsg.), Dem Körper eingeschrieben, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 189-201.
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