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Old Testament Essays

versão On-line ISSN 2312-3621
versão impressa ISSN 1010-9919


LOADER, James Alfred. Making things from the heart: On works of beauty in the Old Testament. Old testam. essays [online]. 2012, vol.25, n.1, pp.100-114. ISSN 2312-3621.

Following on a study of the perception of human beauty in the Old Testament, this article proposes to extend the topic by enquiring into the perception of what is beautiful in that which humans do. Apart from pictorial art, five spheres of human achievement perceived to be beautiful are considered, namely crafts, music, words, wisdom and food. Within these, the work of artisans, accomplishments of the mining industry, so-called sacred and profane forms of music, the self-conscious creation of poetic beauty, aesthetic judgements on wisdom and culinary enjoyment are surveyed. It is concluded that the main characteristics of the beauty concept related to things tally with those related to humans. The results warrant a further extension of the investigation to include at least the beauty of God and the relevance of the concept in the cult.

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