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Author: Alexander Izuchukwu Abasili

Title: The Understanding of Adultery in the Hebrew Bible

Subtitle: A Critical Survey

Place: Bloomington, IN

Publisher: Xlibris

Year: 2016

Pages: xxi + 417pp.

ISBN-13: 9781514498521 (hardcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781514498514 (softcover) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781514498507 (ebook) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Cases: Offenders / David; Cases: Victims / Bathsheba; Representations: Biblical Texts / Books of Samuel



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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


Contents:

  Acknowledgements (p. xiii)
  Abbreviations (p. xv)
  Foreword (p. xix)
 
Chapter One
Prolegomenon: The Background of the Study
  1.1 Introduction (p. 1)
    1.1.1 Centrality of human sexuality (p. 1)
    1.1.2 Ethical Motivations of the Present Study (p. 2)
    1.1.3 Previous Studies of the Hebrew biblical understanding of Adultery: A Brief Survey (p. 4)
    1.1.4 Academic Relevance of the Present Study (p. 11)
  1.2 Methodology (p. 12)
    1.2.1 Semantic Analysis (p. 12)
      1.2.1.1 Metaphor (p. 13)
    1.2.2 Linguistic analysis (p. 15)
    1.2.3 Narrative analysis/Narrative criticism (p. 16)
      1.2.3.1 Narrative analysis: Its description (p. 16)
      1.2.3.2 Are Narrative Analysis and Historical-Critical Method Partners in Progress? (p. 19)
      1.2.3.3 Basic Procedure and Components of Narrative Analysis (p. 23)
  1.3 Subdivision of the Work (p. 30)
  1.4 Presuppositions/Caveats of this Work (p. 31)
 
Chapter Two
Semantic Analysis of נאַף: Towards the Definition of Adultery in the Hebrew Bible
  Introduction (p. 33)
  2.1 Statistical analysis of נאַף in the Hebrew Bible (p. 34)
  2.2 The Use and Meaning of נאַף in The Pentateuch (p. 36)
    2.2.1 The root נאַף in Exodus 20:14 (Deuteronomy 5:18) (p. 36)
    2.2.2 The root נאַף in Leviticus 20:10 (p. 39)
  2.3 The Meaning and Use of נאַף in the Prophetic Books (p. 43)
    2.3.1 The root נאַף in the book Isaiah (p. 44)
    2.3.2 The root נאַף in the Book of Jeremiah (p. 46)
    2.3.3 The root נאַף in the Book of Ezekiel (p. 63)
    2.3.4 The root נאַף in the book of Hosea (p. 72)
    2.3.5 The root נאַף in book of Malachi (p. 84)
    2.3.6 Preliminary Summary (p. 87)
  2.4 The Use and Meaning of נאַף in the Writings (p. 90)
    2.4.1 The root נאַף in the Psalms (p. 90)
    2.4.2 The root נאַף in the Book of Job (p. 93)
    2.4.3 The Root נאַף in the Book of Proverbs (p. 96)
    2.4.4 Preliminary Summary (p. 106)
  2.5 Preliminary Conclusion: Our Working Definition of the Concept of Adultery in the Hebrew Bible (p. 109)
 
Chapter Three
Understanding Adultery in Genesis Narratives (GN 20:1-18 and GN 38:1-30)
  Introduction (p. 114)
  3.1 The Understanding of Adultery in Genesis 20:1-18: Abraham, Abimelech And Sarah Narrative (p. 118)
    3.1.1 Delimitation of the Text of Gn 20:1-18 (p. 118)
    3.1.2 Translation of Gn 20:1-1 (p. 119)
    3.1.3 The plot of Gn 20:1-18 (p. 123)
      3.1.3.1 Initial Situation: Abraham in Gerar - Gn 20:1 (p. 123)
      3.1.3.2 Complication: Abimelech marries Sarah – Gn 20:2 (p. 124)
      3.1.3.3 Transforming action: YHWH confronts Abimelech – Gn 20:3-7 (p. 126)
      3.1.3.4 Resolution: Abimelech returns Sarah to Abraham – Gn 20:8-16 (p. 130)
      3.1.3.4 Final Situation: Abraham heals the Household of Abimelech – Gn 20:17-18 (p. 134)
    3.1.4 Preliminary Summary (p. 136)
  3.2 The Understanding of Adultery in Genesis 38:1-30: Judah and Tamar Narrative (p. 139)
  Introduction (p. 139)
    3.2.1 Delimitation of the Text of Gn 38:1-30 (p. 140)
    3.2.2 Translation of Gn 38:1-30 (p. 144)
    3.2.3 The Plot of Gn 38:1-30 (p. 149)
      3.2.3.1 Exposition/initial situation – Judah marries Shua's daughter – Gn 38:1-5 (p. 149)
      3.2.3.2 Complication: Tamar's husband, Er, dies without a child – Gn 38:6-10 (p. 151)
      3.2.3.3 Transforming action: Tamar is sent home – Gn 38:11-23 (p. 154)
      3.2.3.4 Resolution: Tamar accused of Adultery - Gn 38:24-26 (p. 158)
      3.2.3.5 The final situation: Tamar gives birth to twins – Gn 38:27-30 (p. 161)
    3.4.4 Preliminary Summary (p. 162)
  Conclusion: Contribution of Gn 20:1-18 and 38:1-30 to the Understanding of Adultery in the Hebrew Bible (p. 165)
 
Chapter Four
The David-Bathsheba Sexual Encounter in 2 Samuel 11-12: Understanding Adultery in the Hebrew Bible
  Introduction (p. 169)
  4.0 2 Samuel 11:1-27E: David's Sexual Transgression (p. 172)
  Opening Remark (p. 172)
  4.1 Delimitation of the Text: 2 Sm 11-12 (p. 173)
  4.2 Translation of 2 Sm 11:1-27e (p. 176)
  4.3 Narrative Analysis of 2 Sm 11:1-27e (p. 182)
    4.3.1 Exposition: 2 Sm 11:1 (p. 182)
    4.3.2 Complication: David-Bathsheba's sexual transgression – 2 Sm 11:2-4 (p. 186)
    4.3.3 Transforming Action: David's attempted Concealment – 2 Sm 11:5-13 (p. 197)
    4.3.4 Resolution: Uriah's Murder and Report – 2 Sm 11:14-25 (p. 206)
    4.3.5 Final situation: David-Bathsheba – 2 Sm 11:26-27e (p. 215)
  Conclusion (p. 218)
 
Chapter Five
2 Samuel 11:27F-12:31: YHWH's Punishment of David
  Introduction (p. 222)
  5.1 Translation of 2 Sm 11:27f – 12:31 (p. 223)
  5.2 Narrative Analysis of 2 Sm 11:27f – 12-31 (p. 228)
    5.2.1 The Plot of 2 Sm 11:27f-12:31 (p. 228)
    5.2.2 Exposition 2 Sm 11:27f – YHWH's Displeasure with David (p. 228)
    5.2.3 Complication: 2 Sm 12:1-7b – Nathan's parable and David reaction (p. 230)
    5.2.4 Transforming Action: 2 Sm 12:7c-15a – Nathan's Confrontation of David (p. 238)
    5.2.5 Resolution: 2 Sm 12:15b-23 – The child's death (p. 245)
    5.2.6 Final Situation: 2 Sm 12:24-31 – David's Peace with yhwh and Israel's Victory over Ammon (p. 249)
  5.3 Is the Sexual Encounter Between David and Bathsheba in 2 Sm 11:4 a Case of Adultery? (p. 254)
  Conclusion: Contributions of Sm 11-12 to our Understanding of Adultery in the Hebrew Bible (p. 268)
 
Chapter Six
Understanding of Adultery in Hebrew Biblical Laws
  Introduction (p. 274)
  6.1 Perception of Adultery in Leviticus 18:20 (p. 281)
  6.2 Perception of Adultery in Book of Deuteronomy (p. 287)
    6.2.1 Adultery Law About a Married Woman – Dt 22:22 (p. 288)
    6.2.2 Adultery Law About an Engaged Women – Deut 22:23-24 (p. 291)
    6.2.3 Adultery Law About a Betrothed Girl – Dt 22:25-27 (p. 293)
    6.2.4 Preliminary Summary (p. 295)
  6.3 The case of a woman accused of Adultery: Nm 5:11-31 (p. 297)
  6.4 Hebrew Biblical Laws of Adultery: A Tabular Summary (p. 306)
 
Chapter Seven
General Evaluation and Conclusion: The Hebrew Biblical Understanding of Adultery
  7.1 The Understanding of Adultery in Various Biblical Genres and Books: A Summary (p. 308)
    7.1.1 Legal section of the Torah (p. 308)
    7.1.2 Wisdom books (p. 312)
    7.1.3 The 'adultery-alluding' biblical narratives (p. 314)
    7.1.4 Relationship between נאַף and זָנָה (harlotry) (p. 318)
    7.1.5 Similar lists of five sins including adultery: why? (p. 319)
  7.2 Comprehensive Understanding of Adultery in the Hebrew Bible: An Integrated Summary (p. 320)
    7.2.1 Contribution of Semantic analysis of נאַף to the understanding of adultery (p. 320)
    7.2.2 Place of adultery among other Hebrew biblical sexual prohitions (p. 322)
    7.2.3 Description of adultery in the Hebrew Bible (p. 323)
    7.2.4 Adultery in the various biblical divisions (p. 327)
    7.2.5 Punishments for adultery (p. 330)
    7.2.6 Were there punishments for adultery ever applied? (p. 334)
    7.2.7 Who is offended? (p. 336)
    7.2.8 Is adultery forgivable? (p. 338)
  Conclusion (p. 341)
  Appendix: The Study of other Roots Related to נאַף in the Hebrew Bible (p. 347)
  Bibliography (p. 363)

Description: »Adultery, though not an umbrella concept for all the sexual prohibitions in the Hebrew Bible, enjoys a certain pride of place. Remarkably, it is the one sexual prohibition attested in all biblical genres, which makes it very representative in the Hebrew Bible. It is the only Hebrew biblical sexual prohibition explicitly mentioned in the Decalogue. A solid understanding of Hebrew biblical adultery, therefore, is an important step towards grasping the vital role of human sexuality in the Hebrew Bible, both in terms of inter-human relationships and the relationship between the human and the divine. Without prejudice to the contents of the Hebrew biblical lexicons and theological dictionaries, this work aims at providing a comprehensive understanding of adultery in the Hebrew Bible: its meaning, punishments and the implications thereof. Among others, it corrects some wrong assumptions about the concept of adultery in the Hebrew Bible, and provides a balanced and unbiased Hebrew biblical conception of adultery and the implications thereof for today’s couples.« (Source: Xlibris)

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