Abstract

Abstract:

Daughters, as the most sheltered and vulnerable figures within the father’s household, present the most poignant critique of that household when it comes undone. The story of the rape of Tamar, King David’s daughter, by her half-brother Amnon (2 Sam 13:1–20), is read not only as the beginning of the unraveling of the kingdom, but as a prefiguration of the fate of Bat Tzion (Daughter Zion or Fair Zion), the personification of Jerusalem, Temple, and the Judean people. Like Tamar, Bat Tzion is ravaged and left desolate (shomemah). Unlike her mortal sister, however, who is ultimately silenced, Bat Tzion is given voice in the poetry of lament and consolation (Lamentations and Second Isaiah). While engaging in a historical-contextual approach to the Hebrew Bible, with an emphasis on intertextuality, this article uncovers voices that challenge the patriarchal values imbedded in father-daughter relations in the Hebrew Bible.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-3913
Print ISSN
8755-4178
Pages
pp. 87-102
Launched on MUSE
2021-04-27
Open Access
No
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