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Bibil Identifier bibil:232508
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Women and War Brutalities in the Minor Prophets : The Case of Rape
Author Kruger, Paul
Journal Old Testament Essays (Volume: 27, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 147-176 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Acts of war violence towards women and children seem to get special attention in the HB prophetic literature. This is in contrast to the historic books (the Deuteronomistic History) where such references are rare. On several occasions the prophetic books mention "dashing in pieces the little ones" (Isa 13:16; Hos 14:1; Nah 3:10). Twice the combination "dashing in pieces the little ones" appears in close connection with "ripping open pregnant women" (2 Kgs 8:12; Hos 14:1), and once in association with the "raping/ravishing" of wives (Isa 13:16). This contribution will focus only on the latter war brutality, namely the raping of women. It argues that although war accounts of rape were for one or other reason suppressed in ANE writings (Assyrian royal inscriptions) and the HB, references in curse formulae and clues in the metaphoric speech of the Minor Prophets (e.g. Nah 3:5) testify to the fact that rape was indeed practised during siege wars.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Latter Prophets : Twelve Minor Prophets
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Woman
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Violence - Non-violence
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : War
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