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Woman's Body and the Social Body in Hosea - Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S. No. 338 (Paperback)
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Woman's Body and the Social Body in Hosea - Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S. No. 338 (Paperback)

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Paperback 254 Pages / Published: 01/02/2002
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Keefe's analysis dismantles the androcentric and theological assumptions which have determined the dominant reading of Hosea's metaphor of Israel as the adulterous wife of God. It shows how the projection of symbolic associations of women with nature, sexual temptation and sin have anachronistically determined this metaphor as referring to Israel's apostasy in a lurid 'fertility cult'. Against this reading, Keefe's study considers Hosea 1-2 in the context of the association of sexual transgression and social violence in biblical literature; in this light, Hosea's symbol of Israel as an adulterous woman is read as a commentary upon the structural violence in Israelite society which accompanied the eighth century boom in 'agribusiness' and attendant processes of land consolidation.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9781841272856
Number of pages: 254
Weight: 361 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 13 mm


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"Keefe's critique...is fresh and suggestive...promises to deepen and further encourage the current debate in biblical feminist criticism."- Esther Fuchs, "The Bible and Critical Theory, "Vol. 1, Number 4, 2005

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