First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible Hardback

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First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible

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'Incest' refers to illegal sexual relations between family members. Its precise contours, however, are culturally specific. Hence, an illegal incestuous union in one social context may be a legal close-kin union in another. First-degree sexual unions, between a parent and child, or between siblings, are most widely prohibited and abhorred. And yet, such sexual unions are legislated, narrated, hinted at, or glaringly omitted, in world literature -- including in the Hebrew Bible. As the dominant opinion on the origin of first-degree incest continues is shaped, new voices such as those of queer and post-feminist criticism have joined the conversation. This book discusses all overt and covert first-degree incest relations in the Hebrew Bible and also probes the significance of gaps and what these imply about projected sexual and social values. It navigates not only the incest laws of Leviticus and the narratives of Lot and his daughters and of Amnon and Tamar but pursues subtler intimations of first-degree sexual unions, such as between Adam and his (absent but arguably implied) mother, Haran and Terah's wife, Ham and Noah.
In pursuing the psycho-social values that may be drawn from the Hebrew Bible regarding first-degree incest, this book will provide a thorough review of incest studies from the early 20th century onward and explain and assess the contribution of very recent critical approaches from queer and post-feminist perspectives.

First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible by Johanna Stiebert was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in October 2016. The ISBN for First-Degree Incest and the Hebrew Bible is 9780567600332.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 2016)
Number of Pages256
Thickness14 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
Product Code4450397
Page last updated 12th August 2016
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