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Bibil Identifier bibil:229205
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Topos of Female Hiddenness
Title (English, ) A Contextual Reading of 1 Tim 2,9-15
Author Zamfir, Korinna
Journal Ephemerides theologicae Lovanienses. Louvain Journal of Theology and Canon Law (Volume: 88, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2012
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2012
Year (Copyright) 2012
Year (Reference) 2012
Language English
Pages 475-487 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract In spite of the apparent lack of coherence, 1 Tim 2,9-15 is held together by a number of connecting themes. One of these is the topos of female inconspicuousness, implicit in three aspects of the exhortation. First, the restrictions on beautification express an ancient moral-philosophical topos: women are to avoid ostentatious adornment that would attract men’s gaze, remaining thereby inconspicuous. Second, the virtues that women should embrace instead – modesty, temperance/chastity –, intimately connected to the restrictions imposed on adornment here and in numerous ancient sources, effect women’s inconspicuousness, and aim to keep women in the private sphere. Third, silence is frequently associated with the hiddenness of the body: just as an entirely covering dress hides her body, so silence conceals her thoughts, her wishes, her personality. In this paper I look at these exhortations, focusing on the topos of female hiddenness in ancient authors.
DOI 10.2143/ETL.88.4.2957938
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Contextual Interpretation
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Body
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Topos
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Literature - Philosophy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the New Testament : Pastoral Epistles : Epistles to Timothy : 1 Timothy
Pericopes 1 Timothy 2,9-2,15
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