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Varieties Of Religious Expression In The Domestic Setting

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Religious activities in Israel were enacted in real time and space and required the use of both ritual and commonplace artifacts. This chapter suggests that family elders of both sexes oversaw religious practice at these household shrines, but these elders held no monopoly over expressions of domestic piety. It addresses some of the questions raised by the use of domestic space for ritual activities. How can cultic areas within the domestic venue be identified and cultic acts reconstructed? What do they contribute to our knowledge of family religion? Finally, what does the consideration of mixed-use space as the locus of cultic activities contribute to ongoing discussions about gender and religion?.

Keywords: domestic setting; religious expression



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