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Bibil Identifier bibil:217121
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Implications Surrounding Girding the Loins in Light of Gender, Body, and Power
Author Low, Katherine
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 3-30 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Offering an analysis of the use of girding the loins as a signal of power negotiations at work in the biblical text, this article expands on traditional notions that when loins are girded, it is in preparation for strenuous activity. The action of girding the loins signals not only upcoming physical exertion, but also indicates an expectation of a gendered masculine performance. Furthermore, social systems imprint certain symbols onto the body in terms of girded loins. The article first considers some cultural assumptions about girded loins, followed by a discussion of select texts dealing with the phrase. In light of the gendered body, a complex interaction between social, theological, and political negotiations surround the action of girding the loins.
DOI 10.1177/0309089211419417
Pericopes 2 Kings 4,29
2 Kings 9,1
Isaiah 32,9-32,11
Jeremiah 1,17
Job 38,3
Job 40,7
Proverbs 31,7
Terms אָזַר אזר
מֹתֶן מתן
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