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Between Woman, Man and God (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

Hagith Sivan

Between Woman, Man and God (Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement Series)

Hagith Sivan

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Hagith Sivan challenges the traditional reading of the Ten Commandments as a word of God to men. It explores the Commandments in both a legal and narrative contexts, bringing to bear methods of mainstream and feminist biblical scholarship. Between Woman, Man and God argues that there can be neither full understanding nor a meaningful reading of this central document without a thorough examination of its relevance to women on the one hand, and of the relevance of illustrative stories featuring women on the other hand. This is volume 4 in the Bible in the 21st Century series and volume 401 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series.

- Publisher At the heart of the Exodus is a recitation of the Decalogue, a "contract" between Yahweh and Israel that inscribes Israel into the fabric of human societies while emphasizing its uniqueness through Yahweh. According to the demands of the Decalogue, manhood entails the avoidance of stealing, killing, and coveting, not to mention apostasy and violation of the Sabbath and other men's property. What, then, would be the essence of womanhood? Is there an exclusion of women from active participation in the Sinaitic theophany and, consequently, from active sharing of responsibility and identity? How ethically normative are the Ten Commandments? And, in terms of the present study, how gender specific are they? This study reclaims the encoded voice of womanhood, as one crucial key for comprehending the ancient Israelite mind. By selecting female characters' narratives as interpretative clues for the "law," this book presents a reading of the Decalogue at three levels: legal, behavioral and representational.

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Hagith Sivan challenges the traditional reading of the Ten Commandments as a word of God to men. It explores the Commandments in both a legal and narrative contexts, bringing to bear methods of mainstream and feminist biblical scholarship. Between Woman, Man and God argues that there can be neither full understanding nor a meaningful reading of this central document without a thorough examination of its relevance to women on the one hand, and of the relevance of illustrative stories featuring women on the other hand. This is volume 4 in the Bible in the 21st Century series and volume 401 in the Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement series.
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At the heart of the Exodus is a recitation of the Decalogue, a "contract" between Yahweh and Israel that inscribes Israel into the fabric of human societies while emphasizing its uniqueness through Yahweh. According to the demands of the Decalogue, manhood entails the avoidance of stealing, killing, and coveting, not to mention apostasy and violation of the Sabbath and other men's property. What, then, would be the essence of womanhood? Is there an exclusion of women from active participation in the Sinaitic theophany and, consequently, from active sharing of responsibility and identity? How ethically normative are the Ten Commandments? And, in terms of the present study, how gender specific are they? This study reclaims the encoded voice of womanhood, as one crucial key for comprehending the ancient Israelite mind. By selecting female characters' narratives as interpretative clues for the "law," this book presents a reading of the Decalogue at three levels: legal, behavioral and representational.
- Publisher

Meet the Author

Hagith Sivan

Hagith Sivan is Associate Professor at the University of Kansas.ý

Table Of Contents

  • 1. The Winding Paths Of Biblical Wo/manhood; 1. The Decalogue: Scholarly Controversies And Consensus; 2. Making Wo/man; 3. A New Reading Of The Decalogue And Some Old Problems; Ii. Monotheism And Monogamy? Text, Image, And Paradigm (word One; Word Two); 1. Meanings Of Monotheism; 2. Moses And Gendered Monotheism; 3. Norms Of Piety/impiety: On Altars And Slaves In The 'covenant Code'; 4. A Calf Of Gold: The Allure Of The Image And The Attraction Of Apostasy; 5. Purity, Pollution And Piety: Leviticus And Numbers On 'leprosy'; 6. Making Monotheists: Deuteronomy's Version; 7. Family And Female Slavery: Deuteronomy 15; 8. From Broken To Recovered Torah: A Calf Of Gold, A Queen And A Prophetess; Coda And 'conversion'; Iii. Oath: Daughter Of Discord? (word Three; Word Nine); 1. Sins Of Speaking; 2. Harmony And Matrimony; 3. Deuteronomy On Justice; 4. Vows, Virginity And Parenthood; 5. Tongues Of Duplicity? Rahab And Jael; 6. On Witches And Wives: From Ein Dor To Jezebel; Coda: Ruth And Redemption; Iv. The Sabbath: Invoking Liberation? Revoking Creation? (word Four); 1. The Sabbath: Biblical And Modern Interpretations; 2. Exodus And The Sabbath: Labor And Leisure On The Seventh Day; 3. Eve: A Gift Of The Sabbath? 4. Deuteronomy's Sabbath Of Liberation; 5. "is It A Sabbath Or New Moon Today?" Maternity, Sabbath, And 'creation'; 6. From Jericho To Jerusalem: Rahab, Athalya And The Meaning Of Sabbatical 'liberation'; V. The Burden Of Birth And The Politics Of Motherhood (word Five); 1. Motherhood And Deference; 2. The Name Of The Father: From Leviticus To The Daughters Of Zelophehad; 3. The Meaning(s) Of Motherhood: Genesis Variations; 4. Moses And Maternity; 5. Deuteronomy's Disobedient Sons And Unruly Daughters; 6. Mothers And Super-sons: The Story Of Samson; Vi. The Mapping Of Murder (word Six); 1. 'law' And Ethics; 2. The Meaning Of Murder According To Numbers; 3. Metaphors Of Murder: The Genesis Version; 4. Is The Killing Of Women Justifiable? Murder As Rape; 5. A Deuteronomic Anatomy Of Murder; 6. Killing For Lust? The Female Body As Motivation; 7. Metaphors Of Murder: The Rape Of Tamar; 8. The Killing Female Of The Species; Postscript: The Female Body As A Deadly Weapon; Vii. Conjugality And Covenant (word Seven); 1. Prelude: Whose Adultery Is It Anyway?; 2. Adultery: The View Of Leviticus; 3. Adultery According To Genesis; 4. Revealing The Concealed: The Ordeal Of The Sotah; 5. Adultery: The View Of Deuteronomy; 6. Does Sinning Pay? The Morality Of Adultery In 2 Sam 11; Viii. Stealing Hearts. Thieving Bodies (word Eight); 1. What Does 'stealing' Really Mean? 2. Between Man And Man: Exodus On Abduction; 3. Rachel: Mediating Men By Theft; 4. Deuteronomy On Stealing Humans; 5. When Women Steal Hearts And Men Steal Women; 6. Stealing Babies; Ix. The Constrains Of Desire (word Ten); 1. Sins Of The Soul; 2. Coveting Foreign Women: The Seeds Of Idolatry; 3. Coveting Knowledge And Sowing The Seeds Of Human Morality; 4. Deuteronomy's Ideology Of Coveting: Why
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  • Catalogue Code 221904
  • Product Code 0567080455
  • EAN 9780567080455
  • Pages 286
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Aug 2004
  • Dimensions 234 x 156 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.579kg

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