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The house of the mother : the social roles of maternal kin in Biblical Hebrew narrative and poetry / Cynthia R. Chapman.

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Subject: Bible. Old Testament > Criticism, Narrative.
Mothers in the Bible.
Matriarchs (Bible)
Women in the Bible.
Genre: Electronic books.

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  • ISBN: 9780300224801
  • ISBN: 030022480X
  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (131 pages)
  • Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Formatted Contents Note: Introduction: Disrupting the begats (tôlēdôt) -- 1. House (bayit) -- 2. The house of the mother (bêt 'ēm) -- 3. Chamber of her who conceived me (ḥeder hôrātî) -- 4. My brothers, the sons of my mother ('aḥay bĕnê-'immî) -- 5. No, son of my womb (ma-bar-bịtnî) -- 6. Like a brother to me, one who had nursed at my mother's breasts (kĕ'āḥ lî yônēq šĕdê 'immî) -- 7. The one who opens the womb (peṭer reḥem) -- 8. The house of the father of his mother (bêt-'ăbî 'immô) -- 9. Like Rachel and Leah who together built up the house of Israel (kĕrāḥēl ûkĕlē'a 'ăšer bānû šĕtêhem 'et-bêt yiśrā'ēl).
Summary: A novel approach to Israelite kinship, arguing that maternal kinship bonds played key social, economic, and political roles for a son who aspired to inherit his father's household Upending traditional scholarship on patrilineal genealogy, Cynthia Chapman draws on twenty years of research to uncover an underappreciated yet socially significant kinship unit in the Bible: "the house of the mother." In households where a man had two or more wives, siblings born to the same mother worked to promote and protect one another's interests. Revealing the hierarchies of the maternal houses and political divisions within the national house of Israel, this book provides us with a nuanced understanding of domestic and political life in ancient Israel.
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