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Emerging scholars : give me children or I shall die: children and communal survival in Biblical literature / Laurel W. Koefp-Taylor.

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Subject: Children in the Bible.
Children.
Children in the Bible.
Children.
Genre: Electronic books.
Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9781451469790
  • ISBN: 1451469799
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (169 pages).
  • Publisher: Minneapolis, Minnesota : Fortress Press, [2013]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Biblical children, biblical childhoods -- Interpreting (in)fertility -- The value of education and enculturation -- The child and the community at risk -- Conclusion.
Summary: In the subsistence agricultural social context of the Hebrew Bible, children were necessary for communal survival. In such an economy, children's labor contributes to the family's livelihood from a young age, rather than simply preparing the child for future adult work. Ethnographic research shows that this interdependent family life contrasts significantly with that of privileged modern Westerners, for whom children are dependents. This text seeks to look beyond the dominant cultural constructions of childhood in the modern West and the moral rhetoric that accompanies them so as to uncover what biblical texts intend to communicate when they utilize children as literary tropes in their own social, cultural, and historical context--Publisher.
Source of Description Note: Online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed December 19, 2013).

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