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Bibil Identifier bibil:245438
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) פרא אדם/‘An Onager Man’ (Gen 16:12α) as a Metaphor of Social Oppression
Author Kozlova, Ekaterina E.
Journal Vetus Testamentum (Volume: 67, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2017
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2017
Year (Copyright) 2017
Year (Reference) 2017
Language English
Pages 16-41 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This essay focuses on the presentation of Ishmael as an ‘onager man’ in Gen 16:12α and shows that conventional readings of Ishmael’s profile are wrong about the direction in which aggression is channelled in his material—he is not the aggressor, he is on the receiving end of aggression. It argues that the first statement in the oracle in Gen 16:12α receives its resolution in the act of Abraham’s banishment of Ishmael in Gen 21. This reading is predicated on the fact that animalisation was a widely-used cultural tool of mediating violence (political, economic, and social) with onagers representing a lowest register of the abused and disadvantaged segments of ancient societies (cf. Job 24, 30; Sir 13). In addition, it shows that animals, equids in particular, are featured in contexts of socially unacceptable types of interments, and Ishmael’s designation as an onager points to his disinheritance and ‘non-burial’ in Gen 21.
DOI 10.1163/15685330-12341271
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Donkey
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Literature : Devices and Figures : Metaphor
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Ishmael
Pericopes Genesis 16,12
Terms פֶּרֶא פרא פרה
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