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Bibil Identifier bibil:252803
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Like Father, Like Son: Theorizing Transmission in Biblical Literature
Author Vayntrub, Jacqueline
Journal Hebrew Bible and Ancient Israel (Volume: 7, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2018
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2018
Year (Copyright) 2018
Year (Reference) 2018
Language English
Pages 500-526 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Behind the literary form of testament and expressions memorializing the dead is a concept of how objects, rights, and speech pass from one generation to the next: transmission. This essay examines two interrelated phenomena that give filial succession in the biblical and Ugaritic literature its contours: first, the discourses surrounding inevitable bodily death; and second, father-to-son transmission of objects, entitlements, and instruction. Reading closely Isaac's deathbed blessing in Genesis 27, the Ugaritic tale of Aqhat, and Ruth's devotion to Naomi, the essay argues that acts of filial devotion and obedience are closely connected to cultural expectations of »truth,« the faithful correspondence of speech to action.
DOI 10.1628/hebai-2018-0032
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Lands of the Levant (except Canaan-Israel) : Ugarit : Literature : Myths and Narratives : Aqhat
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Obedience
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Generation
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Succession
Pericopes Genesis 27
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