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Sexual and Marital Metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel

Sexual and Marital Metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel

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£160.00

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199239085
Number of Pages: 330
Published: 05/06/2008
Width: 16.4 cm
Height: 24.1 cm
Sharon Moughtin-Mumby considers the often unrecognised impact of different approaches to metaphor on readings of the prophtic sexual and marital metaphorical language. She outlines a practical and consciously simplified approach to metaphor, placing strong emphasis on the influence of literary context on metaphorical meaning. Drawing on this approach, she read Hosea 4-14, Jeremiah 2:1-4:4, Isaiah, Ezekiel 16 and 23, and Hosea 1-3 with fresh eyes. Her lucid new readings reveal the way in which scholarship has repeatedly stifled the prophetic metaphorical language by reading it within the 'default contexts' of 'the marriage metaphor' and 'cultic prostitution', which for so many years have been simply assumed. Readers are encouraged instead to read these diverse metaphors and similes within their distinctive literary contexts in which they have the potential to rise vividly to life, provoking the question: how are we to respond to these disquieting, powerful texts in the midst of the Hebrew Bible?

Sharon Moughtin-Mumby

Stimulating monograph... The work certainly succeeds in demonstrating 'the sheer variety and innovation of the prophetic sexual and marital metaphorical language'(p.48) and argues convincingly for the importance of reading such passages without the straightjacket which has often been imposed upon them. A.H.W. Curtis, Journal for the Study of the Old Testament offers important lessons for students seeking to understand the complexity and diversity behind the prophetic sexual metaphor. The discerning reader will come away with a fuller understanding Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon, Biblical Interpretation Moughtin-Mumby establishes herself as a cooperative reader of some scurilous biblical texts, and shows how, in the face of their appalling misogyny and sexual violence, an honest reading can lead to their deconstruction and even be a source of hope. Adrian Thatcher, Journal for the Study of Marriage and Spirituality. Moughtin-Mumby's study provides a valuable rereading of several disconcerting prophetic texts, is replete with attentive and worthwhile observations, and should be considered a volume worthy of much contemplation in future investigations into the sexual and marital metaphorical language of the prophetic books. Jeremy M. Hutton, Scottish Journal of Theology

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