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Bibil Identifier bibil:213806
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Wrestling with Textual Violence
Title (English, ) The Jephthah Narrative in Antiquity and Modernity
Author Sjöberg, Mikael
Series The Bible in the Modern World (Volume: 4)
Year (Publication) 2006
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2006
Year (Copyright) 2006
Year (Reference) 2006
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 72552
Place 223.3.06
Publishing house Sheffield Phoenix Press
Place Sheffield
ISBN 1-905048-14-9
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages x Pages
251 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract A story of a judge who sacrifices his virgin daughter is of course an issue both in ethics and in gender studies. Such is the biblical narrative of Jephthah. Sjöberg undertakes a comparative analysis of six different versions of the Jephthah narrative: the biblical tale in the book of Judges, the Jewish telling in Pseudo-Philo’s Liber antiquitatum biblicarum (first century CE), Josephus’s report in his Jewish Antiquities (also first century CE), Handel’s oratorio Jephtha (1751), the British author E.L. Grant Watson’s novel A Mighty Man of Valour (1939), set in Australia, and the short story by the Israeli novelist Amos Oz, ‘Upon This Evil Earth’ (1981). Five main interpretative strategies are uncovered in this remarkable analysis: condemnation, identification, glorification, alienation and censure. Each strategy affects in different ways the reader’s assessment of power relations in the story and the reader’s own willingness to change. In a final move, Sjöberg embarks on a critical discussion of the programmes of Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza and Daniel Patte for an ethics of biblical interpretation. Sjöberg advocates an interpretative pluralism, arguing that biblical studies should stand in the service of the general public.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : History of Canaan-Israel : Periods : Origins : Premonarchical Period : Judges : Jephthah
Pericopes Judges 10,6-12,7
Liber antiquitatum biblicarum 39-40
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