Added: December 20, 2014 – Last updated: September 5, 2015


Author: Elna K. Solvang

Title: Guarding the house

Subtitle: Conflict, rape, and David's concubines

In: Sex in Antiquity: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World

Edited by: Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz, and James Robson

Place: New York, NY

Publisher: Routledge

Year: 2015

Pages: 50-66

Series: Rewriting Antiquity

ISBN-13: 9780415519410 (hbk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781315747910 (ebk.) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Ancient Near East | Cases: Offenders / Absalom; Representations: Bible / Book of Samuel


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Author: Elna K. Solvang, Department of Religion, Concordia College

Abstract: »In Chapter 3, Solvang examines the use of rape as a strategy in ancient and modern conflicts, drawing out instructive parallels between the role played by rape in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and Absalom's decision to sexually violate the concubines of his father, King David, in 2 Sam 16.« (Source: Mark Masterson, Nancy Sorkin Rabinowitz and James Robson, with assistance from Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones. »Introduction.« Sex in Antiquity: Exploring Gender and Sexuality in the Ancient World. Edited by Mark Masteron et al. New York 2015: 7)


  Uses of sexual violence in civil conflicts (p. 51)
  Absalom and David's ten concubines (p. 55)
  David's concubines and the survivors of rape (p. 62)
  In closing (p. 64)
  Notes (p. 64)
  Bibliography (p. 65)

Wikipedia: Hebrew Bible: Absalom, Books of Samuel