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University of Exeter

Professor Francesca Stavrakopoulou

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Francesca's research is primarily focused on ancient Israelite and Judahite religions, and portrayals of the religious past in the Hebrew Bible. More specifically, she is interested in biblical traditions and religious practices most at off with Western cultural preferences. Her first book explored the misrepresentation of the religious past in the Hebrew Bible: King Manasseh and Child Sacrifice: Biblical Distortions of Historical Realities (de Gruyter, 2004). Her most recent book, Land of Our Fathers: The Roles of Ancestor Veneration in Biblical Land Claims (T&T Clark, 2010), furthers her somewhat morbid interests by examining the relationship between the veneration of the dead and territorial claims in the Hebrew Bible. Thanks to a research grant from the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council), she is now completing a book about the corpse and its social and religious impacts upon the living, called The Social Life of the Corpse - Within and Beyond the Bible.

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