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Bibil Identifier bibil:222499
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Jezebel, Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath: A Ménage à Trois that Estranges the Holy and Makes the Holy the Strange
Author Wyatt, Stephanie
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 36, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 435-458 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article offers a dialogical examination of 1 Kgs 17–19 that deconstructs traditionally accepted characterizations of Jezebel, Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath. This study proposes that shifting emphasis from Elijah and Jezebel as polar opposites to a literary ménage à trois that involves all three characters makes it possible for the holy man to become a stranger and the strange women to become holy. The narrative tensions thus revealed question the validity of Israel's definitive identity markers. When reading the stories of Jezebel, Elijah, and the Widow of Zarephath in the Deuteronomistic History, clear-cut distinctions between ‘insiders’ and ‘outsiders’ continually collapse.
DOI 10.1177/0309089212438020
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Jezebel
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Elijah
Pericopes 1 Kings 17-19
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