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Hebrew Masculinities Anew
Edited by Ovidiu Creanga

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.


Ovidiu Creangă is Adjunct Professor of Hebrew Bible at Wesley Theological Seminary, and Researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 79
978-1-910928-54-7 hardback
Publication March 2019 (not yet published)

Contents
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