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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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God the Father and his Daughters

God the Father and his Daughters

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Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible

Johanna Stiebert

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores myths and metaphors of divine fatherhood. It begins with the mythological story of Genesis 2–3, assessing Eve’s role in relation to both God and Adam, each of whom functions as father and consort. Next, the depiction of Wisdom as divine daughter is discussed. Following on from this the woman-metaphor of Jerusalem, or Zion, as a daughter is investigated. Daughter Jerusalem is depicted as a daughter deserving of protection in the extended metaphor of the book of Lamentations. In Ezekiel 16 the mixed metaphor, accentuating the role of adulterous spouse, is decidedly more negative. In other, less well developed, prophetic woman-metaphors divine protection and affection appear to predominate. The limitations of drawing from these myths and metaphors of God patterns or models for human fatherhood are mentioned.

Keywords:   myth, metaphor, divine fatherhood, Genesis 2‒3, Eve, wisdom, divine daughter, woman-metaphor, daughter Jerusalem, Zion, lamentations, Ezekiel 16

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