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Requiring an Explanation


Hegemonic Masculinities in the Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Traditions


In: Biblical Interpretation
Author: Jorunn Økland1
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Time and time again, it has been pointed out that the writings included in the Bible are written by men, to be read by men, and that the values and ideas reflected on its pages are cycling around men’s interests. Ideals, preoccupations, and anxieties found there are to a great extent shared with and peculiar to men in male-centred and male-privileged societies: anxieties relating to female care and services and to ‘legitimate’ offspring; preoccupations with physical strength, individual or collective through access to larger armies; preoccupations with the justification of violence and killing to defend one’s interests (which are identified

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