Woman's Body and the Social Body in Hosea 1-2, Softcover
Woman's Body and the Social Body in Hosea 1-2, Softcover  -     By: Alice A. Keefe
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Keefe's analysis dismantles the androcentric and theological assumptions whcih have determined the dominant reading of Hosea's metaphor of Israel as the adulterous wife of God. It shows how the projection of symbolic associations of women with nature, sexual temptation, and sin have anachronistically determined this metaphor as reffering to Israel's apostasy in a lurid "fertility cult". Against this reading, Keefe's study considers Hosea 1-2 in the context of the association of sexual transgression and social violence in biblical literature; in this light, Hosea's symbol of Israel as an adulterous woman is read as a commentary upon the structural violence in Israelite society which accompanied the eighth-century boom in "agribusiness" and attendant process of land consolidation.

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Title: Woman's Body and the Social Body in Hosea 1-2, Softcover
By: Alice A. Keefe
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 252
Vendor: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication Date: 2001
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 184127285X
ISBN-13: 9781841272856
Stock No: WW72850

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Keefe's analysis dismantles the androcentric and theological assumptions which have determined the dominant reading of Hosea's metaphor of Israel as the adulterous wife of God. It shows how the projection of symbolic associations of women with nature, sexual temptation and sin have anachronistically determined this metaphor as referring to Israel's apostasy in a lurid 'fertility cult'. Against this reading, Keefe's study considers Hosea 1-2 in the context of the association of sexual transgression and social violence in biblical literature; in this light, Hosea's symbol of Israel as an adulterous woman is read as a commentary upon the structural violence in Israelite society which accompanied the eighth century boom in 'agribusiness' and attendant processes of land consolidation.

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