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Bibil Identifier bibil:202192
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Ideologies of Male Beauty and the Hebrew Bible
Author Macwilliam, Stuart
Journal Biblical Interpretation (Volume: 17, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 265-287 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract It might be expected that expressions of male beauty in the Hebrew Bible symbolise power, prestige and divine favour, in contrast to those of female beauty, which operates as the object of male desire and often expresses vulnerability. In this queer theoretical study of the use of the word when applied to men, it is argued that, contrary to the assumptions of successive (male) readers and commentators, such a binary distinction is subverted within the text itself. Of the three main examples of applied to named men in the Hebrew Bible, Joseph's beauty denotes vulnerability as much as divine favour, David's undercuts a conventional notion that male beauty=muscle and Absalom's is used to underscore his rôle as a tragic figure, who pays the price of David's failings.
DOI 10.1163/156851508X329674
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Beauty
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Man
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Joseph
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : David
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