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Bibil Identifier bibil:240855
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) "Obey me like your mother": Deborah's Leadership in Light of Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum 33
Author Tervanotko, Hanna
Journal Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha (Volume: 24, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2015
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2015
Year (Copyright) 2015
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 301-323 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Liber Antiquitatum Biblicarum (L.A.B.) employs the term "mother" several times in ch. 33, which outlines Deborah's farewell speech and her death. The significance of the term has been interpreted in different ways in the past. This article first analyzes L.A.B. 33, where the term "mother" features prominently, in order to discover the author's use of the term. Next, the use of the term "mother" is compared with the term "father" in L.A.B. Interestingly, L.A.B. reports that when Deborah died, she, like the patriarchs of Genesis, "slept with her fathers" (L.A.B. 33.6). This reading has implications concerning Deborah's leadership in L.A.B. Finally, it is argued that the use of the term "mother" in relation to Deborah in L.A.B. should be understood as a title implying political leadership.
DOI 10.1177/0951820715590549
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha : Apocryphal Texts relating to Old Testament Characters or Events : Texts : Moses : Biblical Antiquities (Pseudo-Philo)
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