The Nonverbal Language of Prayer: A New Approach of Jewish Liturgy

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Uri Ehrlich addresses a relatively neglected but central component of the act of prayer: its nonverbal aspects, represented by such features as the worshiper's gestures, attire and shoes, and vocal expression. In the first part of this book, the author engages in a two-tiered examination of nine nonverbal elements integral to the rabbinic Amidah prayer: a detailed historical-geographical consideration of their development, followed by an analysis of each gesture's signification, the crux of this study. Of all the possible models, it was the realm of interpersonal communication which had the strongest impact on this consideration of the rabbinic Amidah gesture system. The concluding chapters explore the broader rabbinic conception of prayer embodied in these nonverbal modes of expression. Unlike mainstream prayer studies, which concentrate on the textual and spoken facets of prayer, the holistic approach taken here views prayer as a complex of verbal, physical, spiritual and other attributes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTübingen
PublisherMohr Siebeck
Number of pages303
ISBN (Electronic)9783161587337
ISBN (Print)316148150X, 9783161481505
StatePublished - Dec 2004

Publication series

NameTexts and studies in ancient Judaism
PublisherMohr Siebeck
ISSN (Print)0721-8753
ISSN (Electronic)2568-9525


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