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Bibil Identifier bibil:222431
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Oh that you were like a brother to me, one who had nursed at my mother’s breasts"
Title (English, ) Breast Milk as a Kinship-Forging Substance
Author Chapman, Cynthia R.
Journal Journal of Hebrew Scriptures (Volume: 12, Issue: 7)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 1-41 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article builds on the work of anthropologists who focus milk kinship to demonstrate that biblical Hebrew narrative understands breast milk as a kinship-forging substance. The Bible presents breastfeeding as a process through which a mother or wet nurse confers upon an infant her own tribal identity and royal or priestly status. Breastfeeding narratives in the Bible bolster the hero’s royal or priestly credentials and establish his insider ethnicity.
DOI 10.5508/jhs.2012.v12.a7
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Blood
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Anthropology
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
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