Sons or Lovers Paperback

An Interpretation of David and Jonathan's Friendship

by Jonathan Y. Rowe;


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Rowe examines David and Jonathan's friendship in the context of what ancient readers would have understood as the 'natural' loyalty to their families. Rowe focuses on the conflicting moral goods between which the men choose, seeking to understand the dynamics of the narrative consonant with ancient society. Rowe discusses theoretical issues of interpretation and summarises how Bakhtin's theory of heteroglossic voices can be utilised to understand the narrative. He deliberates over the key aspects of family life in the world described by the Old Testament, surveys approaches to the study of the family among anthropologists and, finally, states how anthropology can inform the interpretation of the biblical text. Starting from the concept of 'hegemonic masculinity', Rowe examines how men in general are presented positively, and then shows how Jonathan, David and Saul measure up to these standards. Rowe concludes that although Jonathan was disloyal to his family, something that implied readers would have censured, the books of Samuel present this disloyalty as honourable, thus making a theological point about fidelity to the house of David.

Sons or Lovers by Jonathan Y. Rowe was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in April 2014. The ISBN for Sons or Lovers is 9780567656292.

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Page last updated 3rd December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (April 2014)
EditionNIPPOD
Weight265g
Number of Pages160
Thickness10 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567656292
ISBN-100567656292
Product Code4274447
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