“You too were once aliens...” (Lev 19:34): ‘Aliens,’ as seen in the Religious, Social and Cultural Contexts depicted in the Hebrew Bible Cover Image
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„I WY BYLIŚCIE PRZYBYSZAMI...” (Kpł 19,34) „Obcy” w religijnym i społeczno-kulturowym kontekście Biblii Hebrajskiej
“You too were once aliens...” (Lev 19:34): ‘Aliens,’ as seen in the Religious, Social and Cultural Contexts depicted in the Hebrew Bible

Author(s): Dariusz Dziadosz
Subject(s): Systematic Theology, Pastoral Theology
Published by: Katolicki Uniwersytet Lubelski Jana Pawła II - Instytut Jana Pawła II, Wydział Filozofii
Keywords: stranger; alien; refugee; Deuteronomic Code; Old Testament literature

Summary/Abstract: Regardless of their origin, cultural and social identity, as well as their social status, strangers have always epitomized the alien and puzzling reality of the unknown and the impenetrable. The ‘otherness’ of strangers and their difference contribute to twofold attitudes on the part of members of their host communities. On the one hand, the presence of strangers among us is often perceived as a threat to what we have so far believed to be certain and imponderable, which may release our defense mechanisms, deepen the distance between strangers and us, and provoke mutual aggression. On the other hand, it also happens that strangers awaken in us the feeling of superiority, which in turn makes us want to divest them of their identities and incorporate them into the structures of our society, culture and religion. The present article reconstructs both kinds of attitudes on the examples drawn from the Hebrew Bible.

  • Issue Year: 30/2017
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 19-39
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Polish