The House Of The Mother: The Social Roles Of Maternal Kin In Biblical Hebrew Narrative And Poetry by Cynthia R. Chapman

The House Of The Mother: The Social Roles Of Maternal Kin In Biblical Hebrew Narrative And Poetry

byCynthia R. Chapman

Hardcover | November 22, 2016

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A novel approach to Israelite kinship, arguing that maternal kinship bonds played key social, economic, and political roles for a son who aspired to inherit his father’s household

Upending traditional scholarship on patrilineal genealogy, Cynthia Chapman draws on twenty years of research to uncover an underappreciated yet socially significant kinship unit in the Bible: “the house of the mother.” In households where a man had two or more wives, siblings born to the same mother worked to promote and protect one another’s interests. Revealing the hierarchies of the maternal houses and political divisions within the national house of Israel, this book provides us with a nuanced understanding of domestic and political life in ancient Israel.

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Cynthia R. Chapman is the Adelia A.G. Johnston and Harry Thomas Frank Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Oberlin College. She is the author of The Gendered Language of Warfare in the Israelite-Assyrian Encounter.
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Title:The House Of The Mother: The Social Roles Of Maternal Kin In Biblical Hebrew Narrative And PoetryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.06 inPublished:November 22, 2016Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0300197942

ISBN - 13:9780300197945

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“A methodological tour de force reassessing ancient Israelite social history, informed by keen exegeses and new insights, expressed in crystalline prose, a major new contribution to understanding how women’s lives shaped biblical narratives—Chapman’s book qualifies as a landmark in the field.”—David S. Vanderhooft, Boston College