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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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(p.18) 1 The Father and his Daughter
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Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible
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Johanna Stiebert

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673827.003.0002

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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