The Ideal Body in the Hebrew Bible Compared to That in Transpersonal Psychology

  • Pieter van der Zwan University of Pretoria
Keywords: body, ideal, Hebrew Bible, transpersonal psychology, postmodernism, transhumanism, posthumanism, superhumanism


Despite the Hebrew Bible’s canonicity does not present a single picture of the ideal body, ranging from texts from the Priestly Source, the Song of Songs and the way the body of God has been portrayed. Its response to and interaction with pluralistic post-modern searching for the ideal, such as in trans-, super- and posthumanism, are therefore a complex struggle which transpersonal psychology can clarify, even if it cannot resolve it.