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Bibil Identifier bibil:261241
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Yhwh, Moses, and Pharaoh: Masculine competition as rhetoric in the exodus narrative
Author Purcell, Richard Anthony
Journal Journal for the Study of the Old Testament (Volume: 44, Issue: 4)
Year (Publication) 2020
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2020
Year (Copyright) 2020
Year (Reference) 2020
Year (Second publication) 2020
Language English
Pages 532-550 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This article contends that ancient Near Eastern gender ideals concerning masculinity are brought to bear by the Exodus narrative to shape an effective rhetoric, a rhetoric which compares and contrasts the primary male characters of the narrative: Yhwh, Moses, and Pharaoh. The text portrays these male characters as variously fulfilling or failing to meet ancient Near East masculine ideals in order to array Yhwh, Moses, and Pharaoh in relation to one another as effective males. In doing so, the text casts Yhwh as a male character who meets the ideal, Pharaoh as a male character who falls short of the ideal, and Moses as a male character who wavers in between the two. By drawing upon ancient gender ideals to shape its rhetoric, the text reinforces these gender ideals, rather than deconstructing them.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0309089219862810
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Books of the Old Testament : Pentateuch : Exodus
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Man
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Gender Studies
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Moses
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : YHWH
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Themes : Pharaoh
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : Bible (as a whole) -- Hermeneutics - Methods : Methods : Synchronic Methods : Rhetorical Criticism
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