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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.
Part I INTRODUCTION
ON METHODS AND APPROACHES
Biblical Masculinity Studies and Multiple Masculinities Theory:
Past, Present, and Future
Stephen M. Wilson
Queer Masculinities in the Hebrew Bible
Part III GOD’S MASCULINITIES
The Most High Male:
Divine Masculinity in the Bible
David J.A. Clines
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
Queen Jezebel’s Masculinity
Old Age and Masculinity in the Hebrew Bible
Part V PROPHETIC MASCULINITIES
Moses and his Problematic Masculinity
Transformational Rhetoric of Gender in the Prophets
Susan E. Haddox
Jonah ‘between Men’:
The Prophet in Critical Homosocial Perspective
Scribal Masculinity and the Court Tales or Daniel
Brian Charles DiPalma
Part VI POETIC AND SAPIENTIAL MASCULINITIES
Male Agencies in the Song of Songs
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
Hebrew Masculinities Anew is a timely collection of essays and a constructive addition to the growing field of masculinity studies. Individually, the studies offer fresh insights into constructions of masculinity in a wide range of biblical texts. More broadly, the volume shines in furnishing the reader, explicitly and implicitly, with a thread of discussion concerning the methodological state of masculinity studies … Hopefully, these contributions will remind readers of the real-world impact that gender dynamics in the text and the ways in which scholars talk or fail to talk about them affect the well-being of individuals and communities in profound ways. William Briggs, Review of Biblical Literature.