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Bible and Yoga: Toward an Esoteric Reading of Biblical Literature

Bible and Yoga: Toward an Esoteric Reading of Biblical Literature ESSAYS Bible and Yoga: Toward an Esoteric Reading of Biblical Literature Susanne Scholz Merrimack College the problem We live in a post-biblical world— a world that sentimentalizes the Bible, ignores it, or is indifferent about the sacred text of the Christian and Jewish religions. Our daily lives are not shaped by biblical rhetoric, imagery, or practice, but by our every- day efforts of making a living, staying healthy, and raising a family. By “we” I mean those of us who are part of North America or Western Europe and belong to the cul- turally and politically dominant group of white, middle-class, educated people. We live in societies that are largely secularized, perhaps even “anti-religiously” oriented, increasingly digitalized, and economically organized by a capitalist system that erad- icates equal and just distribution of wealth nationally and internationally. In our world the Bible plays, at best, a privatized, individualized, and societally marginalized role. Sometimes, especially in the United States, Christian fundamentalists organize politically to foster change, trying to reinstate the Bible’s political centrality. The effort to place stone sculptures of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state courthouse, or—related primarily to middle and high school education—the insis- tence on the validity http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Buddhist-Christian Studies University of Hawai'I Press

Bible and Yoga: Toward an Esoteric Reading of Biblical Literature

Buddhist-Christian Studies , Volume 25 – Oct 10, 2005

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Abstract

ESSAYS Bible and Yoga: Toward an Esoteric Reading of Biblical Literature Susanne Scholz Merrimack College the problem We live in a post-biblical world— a world that sentimentalizes the Bible, ignores it, or is indifferent about the sacred text of the Christian and Jewish religions. Our daily lives are not shaped by biblical rhetoric, imagery, or practice, but by our every- day efforts of making a living, staying healthy, and raising a family. By “we” I mean those of us who are part of North America or Western Europe and belong to the cul- turally and politically dominant group of white, middle-class, educated people. We live in societies that are largely secularized, perhaps even “anti-religiously” oriented, increasingly digitalized, and economically organized by a capitalist system that erad- icates equal and just distribution of wealth nationally and internationally. In our world the Bible plays, at best, a privatized, individualized, and societally marginalized role. Sometimes, especially in the United States, Christian fundamentalists organize politically to foster change, trying to reinstate the Bible’s political centrality. The effort to place stone sculptures of the Ten Commandments in the Alabama state courthouse, or—related primarily to middle and high school education—the insis- tence on the validity

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Published: Oct 10, 2005

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