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The Battle Against Hazor and Jael’s Deadly Hospitality (Judges 4–5)

Show simple item record Le Roux, Magdel 2019-10-15T13:17:48Z 2019-10-15T13:17:48Z 2018-10-24
dc.identifier.citation Magdel le Roux (2018) The Battle Against Hazor and Jael’s Deadly Hospitality (Judges 4–5) Journal for Semitics. Vol 27 No 1 en
dc.identifier.issn 1013-8471
dc.description.abstract The story of the fourth judge (Judges 4–5) is full of surprises, just like the previous stories (Judges 1–3). In the dominant body ideology related to good order, an Israelite man without any blemish was the epitome of a pure, ideal, or whole body. Contrary to the “expected literary depiction”, it is again the “unwhole, different-functioning bodies” which are depicted as “producing survival for the corporate body” (Van der Merwe and Coetzee 2009). Deborah, an Israelite lawgiver and prophetess, and Jael, a Kenite woman, are used in an unexpected way. The juxtaposition of different-functioning bodies serves as a counterculture rhetoric in the form of a hidden polemic. Much attention has been paid to the roles of Deborah and Barak in the battle against Hazor, but Jael’s role has elicited limited reflection by scholars and has been overshadowed by her “questionable” hospitality. A socio-rhetorical approach will make it possible to identify rhetorical techniques that the writer uses to highlight social relations, regulations and ideologies in the text (Van der Merwe and Coetzee 2009, 678). Archaeological excavations at Hazor from the last 25 years provide valuable background information to this battle. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Unisa Press en
dc.subject Hazor en
dc.subject Jael en
dc.subject Debora en
dc.subject ideal and non-ideal bodies en
dc.subject Judges 4-5 en
dc.title The Battle Against Hazor and Jael’s Deadly Hospitality (Judges 4–5) en
dc.type Article en
dc.description.department Biblical and Ancient Studies en

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