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Bibil Identifier bibil:216525
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Lot and His Daughters (Gen 19:30–38)
Title (English, ) Further Literary and Stylistic Examinations
Author Sutskover, Talia
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 11, Issue: 13)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 1-11 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Although the biblical text contains no explicit condemnation of the sexual act that takes place between Lot and his daughters in Gen 19:30-38, this article suggest that analysis of micro-structures and stylistic patterns may reveal that a negative impression of this sexual act lurks sotto voce in the text. A literary analysis shows that repetitions of terms from the semantic fields of kinship and sexual intercourse provide special emphasis to the theme of a sexual act occurring between father and daughters. Instead of the expected relations in which fathers own their daughters, the daughters depicted here possess and manipulate their father. Moreover, taking into account that the general initiative and focalization are assigned to the elder sister, the constructed narrative pattern departs from the more common biblical pattern in which the younger siblings are more dominant and theologically prominent. While some scholars have suggested that the daughters had no choice, and even acted heroically, the analysis suggested here may lead to a reading that considers the reported sexual acts as negative and uncommon among Israelites.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Lot (cf. Gen 14)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Hebrew : Themes : Semantics
Pericopes Genesis 19,30-19,38
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