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Bibil Identifier bibil:204206
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Change of Garment: a Symbolic "Rite of Passage" in Joseph Narrative (Gen 37; 39; 41)
Author Nwaoru, Emmanuel O.
Journal Biblische Notizen (Volume: 143)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Year (Second publication) 2009
Language English
Pages 5-22 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The Joseph story couldn't have been so exciting and affecting without the use of "change of garment" as both narrative and theological device. In about five instances Joseph is clothed in new garments and, in three, divested of them. These take place in four strategic locations, namely Joseph's family circle, Potiphar's house, Egyptian prison, Pharaoh's court. But as Joseph's social conditions and status change because of his changing garment, so does the stuff of his garments. This article examines the structure of the narrative and comes up with the view that the narrator intends to make change of garment a symbolic "rite of passage" to positions which mark turning points in Joseph's life. It also relates the pragmatic importance of the motif vis-a-vis Joseph experience to the religious and social values placed on change of garment in certain societies in Africa.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Clothing / Dress
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Joseph
Pericopes Genesis 37
Genesis 39
Genesis 41
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