Prosthetic memory in the Old Testament

Show simple item record Loader, J.A. (James Alfred), 1945- 2013-04-22T07:26:57Z 2013-04-22T07:26:57Z 2012
dc.description.abstract In the OT “remembering” often denotes the experience of reliving special events of the past and thereby making them virtually present. Several texts are advanced in an argument that, where remembering is aided by an external sign or symbol, its function is not necessarily limited to the prevention of forgetting but also to stimulate constructive mental action. It is proposed to interpret this with the help of the thesis of “prosthetic memory” put forward by Alison Landsberg for the visual arts. The visual aid does not only prevent knowledge of the past to fade away, but positively stimulates new interpretive action. It is shown that this nuance is combined with the idea of education where prosthetic memory occurs in the OT. It is proposed that the purpose of these prostheses to memory is the pertinent interpretation of Torah and educational instructions as well as their translation into acts appropriate to new contexts. en_US
dc.description.librarian am2013 en_US
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dc.format.extent 15 pages en_US
dc.format.medium PDF en_US
dc.identifier.citation Loader, JA 2012, Prosthetic memory in the Old Testament', Old Testament Essay, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 583-597. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1010-9919
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Old Testament Society of South Africa en_US
dc.rights Old Testament Society of South Africa en_US
dc.subject Prosthetic memory en_US
dc.subject Old Testament en_US
dc.subject Torah en_US
dc.title Prosthetic memory in the Old Testament en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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