Beware of the Dogs: The Position and Role of Dogs in Biblical Discourse
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 3, Issue 1, January 2015, Pages: 7-11
Received: Feb. 27, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 12, 2015; Published: Mar. 18, 2015
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Daniel Berkovic, Biblical institute, Zagreb, Croatia
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Abstract
Animals and humanbeings are closely connected,whether this be in harmony or conflict. Animals may be our friends and helpers, but also may become our food. The history of religions, shows us that animal can become a centre of religious worship (zoolatry) or/and a sacrificial offering.The latter becomes themeans of mediation between the human and the divine realm. In biblical discourse, the relationship between people and animalsis depictedeither in terms of human superiority over the animal world,“so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground” (Gen 1:26-30) or as a relationship of mutual fear, “The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands”. (Gen 9:2). Finally, in biblical discourse, animals are food for humans, “Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything”. (Gen 9:3).Examining biblical bestiary, we shall particularly be interested in relation to the position of dogs in the Bible.
Keywords
Animals, Livestock, Dog, Zoonymy, Anthroponym, Bestiary,Zoolatry, Spirit, Guide
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Daniel Berkovic, Beware of the Dogs: The Position and Role of Dogs in Biblical Discourse, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 3, No. 1, 2015, pp. 7-11. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20150301.12
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