Abstract

The Hebrew midwives in Egypt are the subject of the midrashic anthology comprising Exodus rabbah 1. The redactor explores their identity, professional activity, personal courage and religious faith in a strongly positive light, illuminating their heroism as more than a rebellion against a cruel foreign king. The midwives represent the feminine moral imperative to give and nurture life, in the struggle against the hegemonic male framework, whose moral imperative is more abstract and may countenance—and even command—the taking of life.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1565-5288
Print ISSN
0793-8934
Pages
pp. 11-26
Launched on MUSE
2013-03-30
Open Access
No
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