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Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women
     

Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women

by Israel Finkelstein
 

The very utterance of a vow both brings the vow into existence and makes possible its annulment. How difficult is it for a woman to keep her vows when her father or husband has the right to break them?
Inspired by the transoceanic experiences of South Pacific islanders, Havea explores the circularity of vow-making and vow-breaking and performs a

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The very utterance of a vow both brings the vow into existence and makes possible its annulment. How difficult is it for a woman to keep her vows when her father or husband has the right to break them?
Inspired by the transoceanic experiences of South Pacific islanders, Havea explores the circularity of vow-making and vow-breaking and performs a circumreading, reading around and across legal and narrative biblical texts. From Numbers 30, where women’s vows are regulated, to various narratives where women’s words are monitored, this circumreading exposes the ways in which words elude control and control eludes words within the world of the text and in the very act of reading itself and demonstrates an alternative “transtextual” way to read biblical law.

Paperback edition available from the Society of Biblical Literature (www.sbl-site.org).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589830332
Publisher:
Society of Biblical Literature
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
Semeia Studies
Pages:
236

Meet the Author

Jione Havea is Lecturer in Biblical Studies at United Theological College and Charles Sturt University in Sydney, Australia.

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