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Bibil Identifier bibil:217128
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Judith’s Embodiment as a Reversal of the Unfaithful Wife of YHWH in Ezekiel 16
Author Tan, Nancy
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 21, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 21-35 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The interpretation of Judith as a literary figure of metaphorization or personification of Israel is not new. However, to focus our lenses on the embodiment of the Jewish aspirations in the figure of Judith may shed new light to interpreting this book. This article presents an interpretation of Judith’s body as a defence of the Jewish faith. At the same time, it understands such portrayals as a means of negotiating for the faithful feminine Jew in exchange for the earlier prophetic condemnation of the female bodies of unfaithful Israel/Judah, in particular Ezekiel 16. In other words, Judith becomes a means of reconstructing a new feminine identity for faithful Jews, a replacement for the metaphorical unfaithful wife of YHWH. This article shows how Judith’s body resonates the body of unfaithful Israel/Judah in four aspects: the portrayal of Judith as an embodiment of beauty, an embodiment of devout piety, an embodiment of seduction, and an embodiment of her social status.
DOI 10.1177/0951820711419780
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Deuterocanonical : Judith
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Body
Pericopes Ezekiel 16
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