Yahweh’s Breast: Interpreting Haggai’s Temple through Melanie Klein’s Projective Identification Theory

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  • Jeremiah W. Cataldo Grand Valley State University

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https://doi.org/10.5508/jhs.2013.v13.a1

Abstract

Haggai’s emphasis on the temple is driven more by a concern for a defensive preservation of social-political identity than it is for the institutional restoration of the cult. As a heuristic device, Melanie Klein's theory on projective identification helps identify constructivist elements in Haggai that highlight postures of defensive preservation as legitimations of the Jerusalem temple as a shared object. Haggai’s vision of a “restored” society is based on his belief that the symbolic value of the temple is a necessary, constructive element in the creation or manifestation of that society and its corresponding identity.

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Published

2013-09-19

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Cataldo, J. W. (2013). Yahweh’s Breast: Interpreting Haggai’s Temple through Melanie Klein’s Projective Identification Theory. The Journal of Hebrew Scriptures: ARCHIVES, 13. https://doi.org/10.5508/jhs.2013.v13.a1

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