By Dougal Dixon
What unique creatures does the following day carry? Dougal Dixon's vintage paintings of speculative anthropology blends technology and fable in a beautiful zoology of the future.
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Despite particular reservations one might have, Sanders generally succeeds in making a persuasive case that there was a broadly consensual religious culture within Judaism, especially in the Palestinian area that is his focus. In general terms Jews believed that the sacred books were holy scripture, treated the temple as an object of devotion, respected and supported its priesthood, brought the sacrifices required of them when they came for pilgrimage feasts, set aside tithes for the priests (though less frequently for the Levites) and the other agricultural offerings.
See the recent reassessment of Sanders’s thesis in Carson, O’Brien, and Seifrid, Justification and Variegated Nomism. Although many of the essays establish the need for significant modification of Sanders’s thesis, the concluding essay is in my opinion unduly negative about the value of his work. 37 Geertz, Interpretation of Cultures, 206. 36 37 S C A: T R S With written documents playing an increasingly important role in the discussion of torah, the scribe’s literacy and expertise with texts made him a central figure in the widening circles of those who engaged in the discourse of torah.
Piety is apparently so much a part of the scribal ethos that his description of the scribe naturally includes it. ) It is not accidental that Ben Sira mentions piety in the verse immediately preceding the description of divinely given understanding, though he does not specifically draw a link between petition and reception of wisdom. Finally, the understanding the scribe receives from God is presented in terms of an almost prophetic understanding (Sir 39:6–8). Virtually all of these features are embodied by the character of Daniel, both in the narratives and in the apocalypses.
After Man: A Zoology of the Future by Dougal Dixon