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Flesh Becomes Word: A Lexicography of the Scapegoat or, the History of an Idea #2020

Flesh Becomes Word A Lexicography of the Scapegoat or the History of an Idea Though its coinage can be traced back to a sixteenth century translation of Leviticus the term scapegoat has enjoyed a long and varied history of both scholarly and everyday uses While WilliamTyndale

  • Title: Flesh Becomes Word: A Lexicography of the Scapegoat or, the History of an Idea
  • Author: David Dawson
  • ISBN: 9781611860634
  • Page: 392
  • Format: Paperback
  • Flesh Becomes Word: A Lexicography of the Scapegoat or, the History of an Idea By David Dawson, Though its coinage can be traced back to a sixteenth century translation of Leviticus, the term scapegoat has enjoyed a long and varied history of both scholarly and everyday uses While WilliamTyndale employed it to describe one of two goats chosen by lot to escape the Day of Atonement sacrifices with its life, the expression was soon far widely used to name victimThough its coinage can be traced back to a sixteenth century translation of Leviticus, the term scapegoat has enjoyed a long and varied history of both scholarly and everyday uses While WilliamTyndale employed it to describe one of two goats chosen by lot to escape the Day of Atonement sacrifices with its life, the expression was soon far widely used to name victims of false accusation and unwarranted punishment As such, the scapegoat figures prominently in contemporary theories of violence, from its elevation by Frazer to a ritual category in his ethnological opus The Golden Bough to its pivotal roles in projects as seemingly at odds as Jacques Derrida s deconstruction of Western metaphysics and Ren Girard s theory of cultural origins A copiously researched and groundbreaking investigation of the expression in such wide use today, Flesh Becomes Word follows the scapegoat from its origins in Mesopotamian ritual across centuries of typological reflection on the meaning of Jesus death, to its first informal uses in the pornographic and plague literature of the 1600s, and finally into the modern era, where the word takes recognizable shape in the context of the New English Quaker persecution and proto feminist diatribe at the close of the seventeenth century The historical circumstances of its lexical formation prove rich in implications for current theories of the scapegoat and the making of the modern world alike.

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    1. This book is an illuminating study of the English term scapegoat Originating as a word used in some early English translators for the goat ritually sent out into the wilderness in Lev 16 8, the word came, by the 18th century, to refer to a person given than his or her share of the blame for social conflict or other dysfunction The development of this word to this meaning shows a strong correlation with the growing awareness of the phenomenon it came to describe Although there is something of an [...]

    2. A fascinating, painstakingly detailed study of the evolution of the word scapegoat, from Leviticus to modernity.

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