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Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible$
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Johanna Stiebert

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199673827

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673827.001.0001

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The Father and his Daughter

The Father and his Daughter

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Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible

Johanna Stiebert

Oxford University Press

The chapter begins by detailing significant denotations and connotations of the primary Hebrew words for ‘father’ and ‘daughter’. Following on from this, intra-family bonds between parents, parents and children, and siblings are explored, highlighting that age-hierarchy tends to supersede gender-hierarchy. The father‒daughter relationship is investigated with particular reference to alliances made through marriage, exploring the role of the daughter both in terms of property-for-barter and precious gift. Also explored are the dynamics between fathers, sons, and daughters and between brothers and sisters, with particular reference to Genesis 34 and 2 Samuel 13. Inheritance of daughters in the absence of sons and the status of priestly daughters receive mention before the topic of son-preference over daughter-preference is explored.

Keywords:   father‒daughter relationship, marriage, Genesis 34, 2 Samuel 13, inheritance, priestly daughters, son-preference, daughter-preference

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