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Author: L. Juliana M. Claassens

Title: Trauma and Recovery

Subtitle: A New Hermeneutical Framework for the Rape of Tamar (2 Samuel 13)

In: Bible through the Lens of Trauma

Edited by: Elizabeth Boase and Christopher G. Frechette

Place: Atlanta, GA

Publisher: SBL Press

Year: 2016

Pages: 177-192

Series: Semeia Studies 86

ISBN-13: 9780884141730 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781628371451 (pbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9780884141723 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Cases: Offenders / Amnon; Cases: Victims / Tamar; Representations: Biblical Texts / Books of Samuel; Victims: Trauma



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Author: Juliana Claassens, Department of Old and New Testament, Stellenbosch, ResearchGate

Abstract: »L. Juliana M. Claassens's essay employs Judith Herman's work on trauma and recovery to argue that several features of the story of the rape of Tamar in 2 Sam 13 point to Tamar's preservation of agency and her capacity for resistance, survival, and recovery. Claassens suggests that the story has the capacity to raise awareness concerning sexual violence and to challenge readers of any era to resist it.« (Source: Christopher G. Frechette and Elizabeth Boase. »Defining "Trauma" as a Useful Lens for Biblical Interpretation.« Bible through the Lens of Trauma. Edited by Elizabeth Boase et al. Atlanta 2016: 20)

Note: Portions of this essay appeared in: Chapter »Resisting the Violence of Rape.«, in L. Juliana M. Claasens, Claiming Her Dignity: Female Resistance in the Old Testament (Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2016).

Wikipedia: Bible: Old Testament / Books of Samuel | Crime and punishment in the Bible: Rape in the Hebrew Bible / Amnon, Tamar (daughter of David)