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A Tale of Cross-Dressers, Mothers, and Murderers: Gender and Power in Judges 4 and 5
Lunds universitet.
2016 (English)In: Svensk Exegetisk Årsbok, ISSN 1100-2298, Vol. 81, p. 49-62Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

It is shown that gender reversal is a central aspect of the narrative in Judges 4 and 5. Deborah is a mother but also a military leader. Sisera is a mighty man but as he enters the tent of Jael he becomes a child lulled to sleep by the caring mother. Arguably, though, these reversals are not liberating from a feminist perspective. Femininity is not seen as important; it is rather the lack of masculinity which is important in regard to male characters. In this narrative the women, who are seen as by nature inferior, become more masculine in order to emphasize the topsy-turvy social order. Readings that foreground Deborah and Jael as strong and independent women run the risk of sanctioning the view of femininity as inferior to masculinity.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Svenska exegetiska sällskapet , 2016. Vol. 81, p. 49-62
Keywords [en]
Judges, gender, reversal, Deborah, Jael, Barak, Sisera, shaming
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Religious Studies
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Old Testament Exegesis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-313745OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-313745DiVA, id: diva2:1067959
Available from: 2017-01-23 Created: 2017-01-23 Last updated: 2017-11-29Bibliographically approved

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