Valuable And Vulnerable: Children In The Hebrew Bible, Especially The Elisha Cycle

Brown Judaic Studies

5742f647d71cc.jpg Author Julie Faith Parker
Isbn 9781930675858
File size 1.6 MB
Year 2013
Pages 251
Language English
File format PDF
Category Religion

Book Description:

Just as women in the Bible have been overlooked for much of interpretative history, children in the Bible have fascinating and compelling stories that scholars have largely ignored. This groundbreaking book focuses on children in the Hebrew Bible. The author argues that the biblical writers recognized children as different from adults and used these ideas to shape their stories. She provides conceptual and historical frameworks for understanding children and childhood, and examines Hebrew terms related to children and youth. The book introduces a new methodology of childist interpretation and applies it to the Elisha cycle (2 Kings 2-8), which contains forty-nine child characters. Combining literary insights with social-scientific evidence, the author demonstrates that children play critical roles in the world of the text as well as the culture that produced it.

 

 

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