By Sandra Ladick Collins
The biblical tales of Lot's daughters, Tamar, Ruth and Bathsheba percentage a lot in universal - singular girls who're left to depend upon their very own wits to accomplish a few degree of victory over the lads round them. Scholarly interpretation of those ladies frequently reduces them to mere inventory characters who tell civic notions approximately Israel, the perennial underdog who, like those girls, achieves opposed to nice odds. Or, they replicate the trickery and ethical ambiguity inherent of their line as ancestresses of the home of David. in spite of the fact that, whilst learn for his or her gender details (and now not for what they could inform readers approximately Israel), one unearths ladies who hire innovations of deception and trickery, encouraged through person self-interest, in an effort to effectively maneuver in the method to their gain. Such initiative might be obvious as valorous: they store themselves via their very own pluck and ingenuity. therefore, a detailed attention of those tales reveals that heroic biblical girls hold their crucial guns upon and inside themselves of their force, their unravel and their cleverness. utilizing tools from biblical learn in addition to folklore, this research identifies biblical girls prompted through self-interest coupled with deception and an prevalence of the bedtrick, an example of sexual trickery that demanding situations the text's energy and gender dynamics. This identity places Lot's daughters, Tamar, Ruth and Bathsheba in league with girl heroes from people story and legend. via contrasting and evaluating universal motifs and activities with features demonstrated via different non-biblical lady heroic narratives, robust heroic issues can be found in all 4 narratives. this provides a dynamic argument for determining the feminine biblical heroic. This paintings concludes that this new identity of heroic girls within the Bible profoundly impacts extra interpretation of the Bible.
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Whybray, “The Joseph Story and Pentateuchal Criticism,” Vetus Testamentum 18 (1968): 522-528. Historiography in the Hebrew Bible 25 Yosef Yerushalmi, accepting the post-exilic roots of the Bible, argues that the biblical writers wrote and compiled with an historical awareness somewhere between memory and history. Yerushalmi emphasizes the role of memory production rather than history for the writers and compilers of the biblical material. He claims that those who read and interpret the Bible from a modern historiography perspective in actuality stand at odds with what is going on in the Bible since biblical historical writing is more akin to the manufactured collective memory of an exiled people.
220, 229. 39 David M. Gunn, The Story of King David: Genre and Interpretation (Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 1978), 37-38; 61-52. 40 Frick, 311. 41 Menn, 99-105. Historiography in the Hebrew Bible 37 Bible as Literary Narrative Literary approaches to the Bible represent the farthest remove from objective history. Literary theories are fairly critical of historical impulses imposed upon the text. Although the Bible might impart historical information, such information is unreliable and fails to inform our understandings of the text as a work of literature.
Historical provenance holds less authority except as it helps to structure the analysis. However, as we have seen, the Bible incorporates history into its worldview. But the aim is not necessarily to impart a truthful accounting of verifiable, scientific fact. 43 Sumerologist Tikvah Frymer-Kensky compares early Israelite narratives from Genesis with material in other ancient Near Eastern contexts. She recognizes that the biblical narratives are doing neither history nor literature as we might understand them.