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Author: Frank M. Yamada

Title: Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible

Subtitle: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives

Place: New York

Publisher: Peter Lang

Year: 2008

Pages: xiv + 164pp.

Series: Studies in Biblical Literature 109

ISBN-13: 9781433101670 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: Cases: Victims / Dinah, Tamar; Representations: Biblical Texts / Book of Genesis, Book of Samuel; Types: Gang Rape


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Author: Frank Yamada, McCormick Theological Seminary

Description: »In Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible, Frank M. Yamada explores the compelling similarity among three rape narratives found in the Hebrew Scriptures. These three stories - the rape of Dinah (Genesis 34), the rape of an unnamed concubine (Judges 19), and the rape of Tamar, daughter of David (2 Samuel 13) - move through the same plot progression: an initial sexual violation of a woman leads to escalating violence among men, resulting in some form of social fragmentation. In this intriguing study, Yamada draws from the disciplines of literary and narrative criticism, feminist biblical interpretation, and cultural anthropology to argue for a family resemblance among these three stories about rape.« (Source: Peter Lang)


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Thesis: Yamada, Frank M. Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of three Rape Narratives. Ph.D. Thesis, Princeton Theological Seminary, 2004. – Bibliographic Entry: Info

Wikipedia: Bible: Hebrew Bible / Book of Genesis, Books of Samuel | Crime and punishment in the Bible: Dinah, Tamar (2 Samuel)