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Bibil Identifier bibil:207148
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Male Soul in Drag
Title (English, ) Women-as-Job in the Testament of Job
Author Klancher, Nancy
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 19, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2010
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2010
Year (Copyright) 2010
Year (Reference) 2010
Language English
Pages 225-245 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Scholarship has interpreted the emphatic presence of female characters in the Testament of Job as an extended literary device, symbolizing the limitations of a feminized humanity. The female characters have been understood as foils to Job’s superiority; their only function, to enhance through negative contrast Job’s virtue and spiritual knowledge. Yet the text encourages a reading of the women as representations of several aspects of Job, as figures that mirror his struggles and victories. This article offers a close reading of the function of the female characters-as-Job. It concludes with some reflections on analogous literary traditions whose female characters function similarly, in the context of feminist biblical studies.
DOI 10.1177/0951820710364882
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Job : Testament of Job
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Ancient Judaism : Themes : Women
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Feminist Reading
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