The)ournalo[jewish Thought and Philosophy, Vol. 6, pp. 19-35 © 1997 Reprints available directly from the publisher Photocopying permitted by licence only Jewish Myth and Ritual and the Beginnings of Comparative Religion: The Case of Richard Simon Guy G. Stroumsa Department of Comparative Religion, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus 91905, Israel The study of "Myth and Ritual" in Judaism is not a self evident task. In the following pages I hope to clarify some preliminary issues through a few reflections based on the history of scholarship. The locution "Myth and Ritual", as the name of a "school" focusing its work upon Biblical religion, seems to have been coined by S.H. Hooke in 1933. Hooke used it as the title of a study in which he "sought to identify the connection between ritual acts and the words that accompanied them - that is, the myths, the "libretto" of the ritual score". 1 In a more general sense, the locution became associated with a "school" of British scholars of the ancient Near East working in collaboration with Hooke, and also with a group of Scandinavian Biblical scholars, followers of Sigmund Mowinckel, 2 and active mainly between the two world wars. In both
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Published: Jan 1, 1997
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