By Renita Weems
Weems's pioneering learn explores the confusing ways that the Hebrew prophets' portrayals of divine love, compassion, and standard dedication usually turned linked to battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of ladies. She wrestles with the prophets' rhetoric and sexual metaphors to discover Israelite social constructions, asking, "What is implied approximately girls, males, and God by way of the language that the prophets use to explain the covenant among Yahweh and Israel?" This provocative paintings by way of a number one African American biblical pupil delves deeply into problems with intimacy and gear, violence and regulate, seduction and betrayal, and is a searing indictment of the axial issues of Israelite religion-its covenantal and prophetic traditions-and their authority at the present time.
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The Unpredictable and Unimaginable God 68 God, Gendering, and Power 78 Monotheism 80 4 "Yet I Will Remember My Covenant with You" The World of Romance and Rape 84 Till Death Do Us Part 88 The Vulnerable Male 90 "I Will Seduce You": Romance Rhetoric in Hosea 92 "I Have Loved You with an Everlasting Love" Romance Rhetoric in Jeremiah 93 "My Fair Lady": Romance Rhetoric in Ezekiel 96 Resisting Romance and Rape Rhetoric 98 A Metaphor Gone Awry 104 Metaphors Hurt 106 Metaphors as Pointing Fingers 110 A Metaphor of Brohenheartedness 113 NOTES 121 INDEX 149 Editor's Foreword In one of the early volumes of Overtures to Biblical Theology, and one of its finest and most enduring, Phyllis Trible anticipated much of the subsequent conversation about the Bible and critical feminist thought.
Annoyance, frustration, impatience) is also transferred to Israel. In that way, attributes and attitudes combine to determine not simply how one is to understand Israel but, most significantly, how one is expected to react to or feel about Israel. What makes metaphorical speech especially effective as a form of social rhetoric is precisely its ability to reorganize our way of thinking about-and reacting to-the subsidiary subject in new and different ways, drawing connections between the two subjects where connections had not been seen before, calling attention to some attributes and not others, and deliberately rousing certain kinds of emotional responses in an audience.
Savannah, our daughter, patiently shared her mother with the computer in her mother's study; and when she could stand it no longer she promptly plopped her two-year-old bottom in her mother's lap and insisted on finishing my sentences for me on the computer. Thank you, sweetheart, I couldn't have said it better myself. Finally, I dedicate this volume to the memory of my maternal and paternal grandmothers, Marie Brown Weems and Lou Willie Clark Baker, both of whom died before I was born. It is fitting to dedicate this book about sex and violence in biblical texts to two women whose deaths were the result of the enormous burden they bore as God-fearing African American women living in the South during the first half of the twentieth century.