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Bibil Identifier bibil:226472
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) 'Give us a portion among our father's brothers': The Daughters of
Zelophehad, Land, and the Quest for Human Dignity
Author Claassens, Juliana
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 37, Issue: 3)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 319-337 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article seeks to explore the intriguing text of Numbers 27, in which the five daughters of Zelophehad challenge the judicial powers regarding the question of female inheritance (cf. also Num. 36). The daughters emerge as a symbol of the powerless standing up for what is right—the narrative serving as an example of where laws can be challenged and changed by the (divine) authorities in recognition of the needs of the disenfranchised.
This study focuses on the complex hermeneutical issues involved in reading this narrative in the context of contesting points of view, including issues of gender, power and the right to land ownership. The proposal is made that the notion of human dignity may offer some important perspectives on this narrative, as well as the way it is used in contemporary context(s).
DOI 10.1177/0309089213475399
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Inheritance
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Justice
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Feminist Reading
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Hermeneutics : Postcolonialism
Pericopes Numbers 27,1-27,11
Deuteronomy 21,15-21,17
Numbers 36
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