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Author: Amanda Smith

Title: A Thing Not Done in Israel

Subtitle: -

Thesis: M.A. Thesis, University of Georgia at Athens

Year: 2006

Pages: vii + 66pp.

Language: English

Keywords: Representations: Bible


Link: Athenæum@UGA (Free Access)


Abstract: »This thesis examines four separate biblical texts. Scholars have long noted similarities between the “rape” accounts in Genesis 19, Genesis 34, Judges 19, and II Samuel 13. The work herein shows the dialogical interaction between the four scenes. Further, this examination suggests that the scenes create a progressive narrative movement that provides commentary on Israel’s kingship. Ultimately, I suggest that the final scene, II Samuel 13, signals the end of Israel’s united monarchy.« (Source: Thesis)


  Dedication (p. iv)
  Acknowledgements (p. v)
  List of Tables (p. vii)
  I. Introduction (p. 1)
  II. Uncovering Nakedness: Sex and Ancient Israelite Culture (p. 10)
    i. The Semantic Problem of Translating 'Innah (p. 11)
    ii. Sex and the Social: Gender and Hierarchy (p. 18)
  III. A Thing Not Done in Israel (p. 26)
    i. Sodom and Gibeah (p. 27)
    ii. Dinah and Tamar (p. 39)
  IV. Conclusion (p. 59)
  Bibliography (p. 65)

Wikipedia: Hebrew Bible: Book of Genesis, Book of Judges, Book of Samuel, Crime and punishment in the Bible