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Bibil Identifier bibil:206698
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Inside Out: Jethro, the Midianites and a Biblical Construction of the Outsider
Author Leveen, Adriane
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 34, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Year (Second publication) 2010
Language English
Pages 395-417 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Attitudes toward the outsider exist on a continuum in the Hebrew Bible. He or she may be attacked, critiqued, brutalized or praised, respected, and at times intentionally included. The treatment of the Midianites is an interesting case in point because it encompasses both ends of that continuum. The Midianite priest Jethro represents an outsider who is welcomed as a trusted advisor and valued participant. The Midianites as a group represent a sexual and idolatrous threat and are ruthlessly attacked by the Israelites. In this article, a close reading examines how such diametrically opposed views of Jethro and the Midianites are constructed, represented and maintained. Violence does not need to be the inexorable outcome of difference.
DOI 10.1177/0309089210365966
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Foreigner
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Midianites
Pericopes Exodus 18
Numbers 25
Numbers 31
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