"Begehre Nicht Ihre Schönheit in Deinem Herzen" (Prov 6,25): Eine Aktualisierung Des Ehebruchsverbots Aus Persischer Zeit1

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Abstract

The article focuses on the warning about the "strange woman" in Prov 6:20-35. This instruction alludes to the Decalogue and the commandment to instruct children in the Torah, which follows the Schma' Yisrael. As an actualizing interpretation of this tradition, Prov 6:20-35 should be related to the process of canonizing the Torah and dated in the late Persian period. The instruction is written by men and women, a group of the Judean upper class who warn against sexual intercourse with women outside normal marriage relations. In their attempt to preserve existing family ties and social status, the authors create a negative image of women: every woman who is not an obedient wife can be called a "strange" one. In view of the text's ambivalent character, a modern interpretation of Prov. 6:20-35 attentive to gender must criticize the marginalization of women, while at the same time pointing to the contribution of women to this perspective. Recognizing the positive intention of its authors, who see Scripture as a guide for daily life, can help us to maintain the basic intention and at the same time to tell another, modern midrash that treats gender relationships in a more sensitive way.

"Begehre Nicht Ihre Schönheit in Deinem Herzen" (Prov 6,25): Eine Aktualisierung Des Ehebruchsverbots Aus Persischer Zeit1

in Biblical Interpretation

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