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Play the Man! Biblical Imperatives to Masculinity

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David J.A. Clines argues in Play the Man! that masculinity is a script, written for men by their societies, a script that men in their various cultures act out their whole lives long: ‘no one is born a man’. He has been quick to deploy the insights of sociologists, historians, educationists, health professionals, psychologists and other scholars investigating masculinity in the contemporary and ancient worlds.

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SKU: 978-1-907534-90-4

David J.A. Clines argues in Play the Man! that masculinity is a script, written for men by their societies, a script that men in their various cultures act out their whole lives long: ‘no one is born a man’. He has been quick to deploy the insights of sociologists, historians, educationists, health professionals, psychologists and other scholars investigating masculinity in the contemporary and ancient worlds.

The book’s title is a recognition of masculinity as performance, and the Bible’s depictions of males in action as far more than information or entertainment; they function as demands on the men who read them or have them read to them. Hence the subtitle, Biblical Imperatives to Masculinity, presumes that every biblical reference to the masculine is some kind of authoritative command.

Clines—in this collection of writings prepared across three decades—has seen biblical texts as an excellent test bed for research into masculinity in one ancient culture as well as being an indubitable influence upon views and practices of masculinity in our own time. 

The bulk of the book consists of studies of individual characters and texts of the Bible, analysing and profiling the masculinity that is there attested, assumed and encouraged. In conclusion, Clines reflects on the continuing impact of the biblical imperatives to masculinity, their effect on men, women and religion, in our own time.

 

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Preface  1. Introduction  2. David the Man: The Construction of Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible  3. Legally Male: Being a Man in the Book of the Covenant  4. Dancing and Shining at Sinai: Playing the Man in Exodus 32–34  5. Loingirding and Other Male Activities in the Book of Job  6. The Book of Psalms, Where Men Are Men: On the Gender of Hebrew Piety  7. He-Prophets:
Masculinity as a Problem for the Hebrew Prophets and their Interpreters  8. ‘Ecce vir’, or, Gendering the Son of Man  9. Paul, the Invisible Man 10. The Magnificat:A Disenchantment 11. The Most High Male: Divine Masculinity in the Bible 12. Alleged Female Language about the Deity in the Hebrew Bible 13. Reflections on Men and Masculinity 14. The Scandal of a Male Bible Bibliography Index of Biblical References Index of Authors

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    David J.A. Clines argues in Play the Man! that masculinity is a script,
    written for men by their societies, a script that men in their various cul-
    tures act out their whole lives long: ‘no one is born a man’. He has been
    quick to deploy the insights of sociologists, historians, educationists, health
    professionals, psychologists and other scholars investigating masculinity in
    the contemporary and ancient worlds.

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Editor
David J. A. Clines
List Price
£75 / $90 / €80
Series
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 103
Scholars' Price
£37.50 / $45 / €40
ISBN 13 hardback
978-1-907534-90-4
Format
Hardback
Page Extent
x + 266
Publication Date
14/04/2023
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