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Give Me Children Or I Shall Die - Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature (Emerging Scholars Series)

Give Me Children Or I Shall Die - Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature (Emerging Scholars Series)
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Give Me Children Or I Shall Die - Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature (Emerging Scholars Series)

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In the subsistence agricultural social context of the Hebrew Bible, children were necessary for communal survival. In such an economy, children's labor contributes to the family's livelihood from a young age, rather than simply preparing the child for future adult work. Ethnographic research shows that this interdependent family life contrasts significantly with that of privileged modern Westerners, for whom children are dependents. This text seeks to look beyond the dominant cultural constructions of childhood in the modern West and the moral rhetoric that accompanies them so as to uncover what biblical texts intend to communicate when they utilize children as literary tropes in their own social, cultural, and historical context.

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In the subsistence agricultural social context of the Hebrew Bible, children were necessary for communal survival. In such an economy, children's labor contributes to the family's livelihood from a young age, rather than simply preparing the child for future adult work. Ethnographic research shows that this interdependent family life contrasts significantly with that of privileged modern Westerners, for whom children are dependents. This text seeks to look beyond the dominant cultural constructions of childhood in the modern West and the moral rhetoric that accompanies them so as to uncover what biblical texts intend to communicate when they utilize children as literary tropes in their own social, cultural, and historical context.
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  • Catalogue Code 383239
  • Product Code 9781451465631
  • ISBN 1451465637
  • EAN 9781451465631
  • Pages 224
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category Old Testament
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2013
  • Sales Rank #72202
  • Dimensions 226 x 152 x 10 mm
  • Weight 0.249kg

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