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Bibil Identifier bibil:200559
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Aberrant Textuality? The Case of Ezekiel the (Porno) Prophet
Author Sloane, Andrew
Journal Tyndale Bulletin (Volume: 59, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Year (Second publication) 2008
Language English
Pages 53-76 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract 'Pornoprophetic' readings of the unfaithful wife metaphors in Hosea 1-3, Jeremiah 2 and 3, and Ezekiel 16 and 23 criticise them as misogynistic texts that express and perpetuate negative images of women and their sexuality. This study seeks to present an evangelical response to Athalya Brenner and Fokkelien van Dijk-Hemmes' pornoprophetic reading of Ezekiel 16 and 23. I outline their claims and supporting arguments, including their assertion that the texts constitute pornographic propaganda which shapes and distorts women's (sexual) experience in the interests of male (sexual) power. I argue that both their underlying methods and assumptions and their specific claims are flawed, and so their claims should be rejected. While acknowledging the offensive power of the texts, I conclude that alternative explanations such as the violence of Israel's judgement and the offensive nature of Jerusalem's sin account better for the features of the texts which they found problematic.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Sexuality
Pericopes Ezekiel 16
Ezekiel 23
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