Perspectives on Ageing and Old Age in the Old Testament
Abstract In recent years, an increasing interest in anthropological topics can be observed in Old Testament scholarship. In this context, the topic of “age and ageing” has also gained considerable importance in the field of Old Testament anthropology. This article provides an overview of the subject and the images of ageing and old age on the basis of selected passages from the various text genres of the Old Testament including narrative texts, wisdom literature, legal texts, or poetic literature. Three aspects of old age and ageing are considered: (1) chronological aspects: the division of life into stages and human life expectancy, (2) biological aspects: the physical ageing process with physical and mental changes, and (3) social aspects: the social position of aged and wise people and the care for the elderly.