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Bibil Identifier bibil:219859
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Oxen Can Plow, But Women Can Ruminate
Title (English, ) Animal Classification and the Helper in Genesis 2,18-24
Author Whitekettle, Richard
Journal Scandinavian Journal of the Old Testament (Volume: 23, Issue: 2)
Year (Publication) 2009
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2009
Year (Copyright) 2009
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 243-256 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In describing the finding of a helper for the newly created man in Gen 2,18-24, the author established a contrast between the woman, who is suitable for the role, and various types of animals, which are unsuitable for the role. The author did this to use the characteristics which the Israelites associated with each type of animal, and which disqualified them from being the helper, as a foil to draw the reader's attention to the various characteristics of the woman which qualified her to be the helper. These qualifying characteristics were the woman's terrestrial existence, her physical and helpful association with the man, and her intelligence. In particular, it was intelligence which set the woman apart from the animals and most definitively characterized her as the one who, unlike the animals, was qualified to be the corresponding helper to the man.
DOI 10.1080/09018320903303587
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
Pericopes Genesis 2,18-2,24
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