Hebrew Masculinities Anew
The study of biblical masculinities is now a clearly recognizable discipline in critical biblical gender studies.
The study of biblical masculinities is now a clearly recognizable discipline in critical biblical gender studies. This book, the third in a series of SPP volumes that include Men and Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond (ed. Ovidiu Creangă, 2010) and Biblical Masculinities Foregrounded (ed. Ovidiu Creangă and Peter-Ben Smit, 2014), takes stock of recent methodological and thematic developments, while introducing fresh new questions, expanding traditional approaches, and adding new texts to the corpus of masculinities in the Hebrew Bible.
The volume’s introduction (Ovidiu Creangă) celebrates the rich palette of approaches and disciplinary intersections that now characterize the study of Hebrew Bible masculinities, while calling attention to understudied topics. The next thirteen chapters dig deep into the methodological building-blocks underpinning biblical masculinity (Stephen Wilson); the theoretically essential distinction between queer and non-queer masculinities (Gil Rosenberg); the often-neglected yet essential representation of God’s masculinity (David J.A. Clines); the competing masculinities of God, Pharaoh, and Moses in historical and lesbian perspective (Caralie Focht and Richard Purcell); Queen Jezebel’s performance of masculinity (Hilary Lipka); Priestly and Deuteronomic fantasies of male perfection (Sandra Jacobs); the problem-ridden masculinity of Moses (Amy Kalmanofsky); the rhetoric of ‘queen-making’ in the prophetic literature (Susan E. Haddox); Jonah’s homosocial masculinity (Rhiannon Graybill); the scribal masculinity of Daniel (Brian C. DiPalma); the ephemeral masculinity of mortal men (Milena Kirova); the masculine agencies in the Song of Songs (Martti Nissinen); and the intertwining of money and masculinity in the Book of Proverbs (Kelly Murphy). In the final chapter, Stuart Macwilliam reflects on methodological opportunities, thematic expansions, and a future direction for biblical masculinities.
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Part I INTRODUCTION Introduction Ovidiu Creangă Part II ON METHODS AND APPROACHES Biblical Masculinity Studies and Multiple Masculinities Theory: Past, Present, and Future Stephen M. Wilson Queer Masculinities in the Hebrew Bible Gil Rosenberg Part III GOD’S MASCULINITIES The Most High Male: Divine Masculinity in the Bible David J.A. Clines Competing Masculinities: Yhwh versus Pharaoh in an Integrative Ideological Reading of Exodus 1–14 Richard Purcell and Caralie Elizabeth Focht Part IV EMBODIMENTS OF MASCULINITY The Unblemished Male? Castration and the Cut of Circumcision Sandra Jacobs Queen Jezebel’s Masculinity Hilary Lipka Old Age and Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible Milena Kirova Part V PROPHETIC MASCULINITIES Moses and his Problematic Masculinity Amy Kalmanofsky The Queenmakers: Transformational Rhetoric of Gender in the Prophets Susan E. Haddox Jonah ‘between Men’: The Prophet in Critical Homosocial Perspective Rhiannon Graybill Scribal Masculinity and the Court Tales or Daniel Brian Charles DiPalma Part VI POETIC AND SAPIENTIAL MASCULINITIES Male Agencies in the Song of Songs Martti Nissinen Wisdom Is Better than Gold: Masculinity and Money in the Book or Proverbs Kelly J. Murphy Part VII EPILOGUE Final Reflections on Hebrew Masculinities Anew Stuart Macwilliam