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Cuestiones Teológicas

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ARCHOBOLD HOOKER, Vanston Irwin. Scent in Hebrew Worship. Cuest. teol. [online]. 2016, vol.43, n.100, pp.309-331. ISSN 0120-131X.  http://dx.doi.org/10.18566/cueteo.v43n100.a05.

The article presents an exegetic and theological approach to the issue of scent and its use in the Hebrew cult, such as it is described in the Book of Genesis. It focuses on Noah's offering to YHWH after the Flood (Gen. 8:15 - 9:7), paying further attention to verse 21 of chapter eight, which is considered by some cultural anthropologists as the decisive evidence that YHWH and the gods of the Ancient Near East had the very same nature. The uses of scent in Hebrew worship are compared and contrasted to current practices of the studied biblical writing. It also emphasizes the peculiarity of Hebrew thought, thus questioning statements made by Cultural Anthropology in which it is claimed that the use of scents in the rituals of Hebrew worship has the same theological origin than that of other religions of that time.

Keywords : Biblical Exegesis; Hebrew Cult; Uses of Scents; Gen. 8:15 - 9:7.

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