Meredith Warren deposited A Bad Taste in My Mouth: Spirits as Embodied Senses in the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs in the group Journal for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies on Humanities Commons 10 months, 2 weeks ago
The Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs contain nuanced discussions of the nature of sin, which is invariably associated with both demonic forces and the human body. The senses are portrayed as human spirits. These senses, when used inappropriately, can allow the spirits of deceit to overcome a person and lead them to sin. Seeing, tasting and hearing can all be distorted by the spirits of deceit. When this happens a part of person’s nature is replaced with that of the forces of evil. The Testaments thus problematise the self and the body as a bonded category.