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Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible
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Fathers and Daughters in the Hebrew Bible

Johanna Stiebert


The father–daughter dyad features in the Hebrew Bible in all of narratives, laws, myths, and metaphors. In previous explorations of this relationship, the tendency has been to focus on discrete stories – notable among them, Judges 11 (the story of Jephthah’s human sacrifice of his daughter) and Genesis 19 (the dark tale of Lot’s daughters’ seduction of their father). By taking the full spectrum into account, however, the daughter emerges prominently as (not only) expendable and exploitable (as an emphasis on daughter sacrifice or incest has suggested) but as cherished and protected by her fath ... More

Keywords: father?daughter, human sacrifice, incest, feminist biblical criticism, psychoanalysis, honour–shame, family studies, Judges 11, Genesis 19, God-the-father

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199673827
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673827.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Johanna Stiebert, author
Lecturer in Hebrew Bible, University of Leeds, UK