Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Ornitheology

Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun - Sarah E. Rollens

Francis Landy [+-]
University of Alberta
Francis Landy was Willi Braun's colleague for many years at the University of Alberta. We team taught the advanced/graduate course in Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, and learned from each other as much as we taught the students. I am forever grateful for the experience.

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The Hebrew Bible is full of birds, which, like all symbols, hover between the real and the imaginary. I explore the full range avian imagery in the Hebrew Bible, from eagles as a metaphor for YHWH, to angelic creatures, to the story of creation, and to birds as metaphors for death and for love. Two wild birds figure in the purification ritual of the leper, one going free, one slaughtered. The ostrich in Job is stupid, absurd, and triumphant, its laughter exemplifying its freedom. The essay is dedicated to Willi, a wise owl.

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Landy, Francis. Ornitheology. Worth More than Many Sparrows - Essays in Honour of Willi Braun. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Feb 2023. ISBN 9781800501973. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=43712. Date accessed: 08 Dec 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.43712. Feb 2023

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