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Sexual and Marital metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel$
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Sharon Moughtin-Mumby

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199239085

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199239085.001.0001

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Ezekiel 16 and 23

Ezekiel 16 and 23

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Sexual and Marital metaphors in Hosea, Jeremiah, Isaiah, and Ezekiel

Sharon Moughtin‐Mumby

Oxford University Press

This chapter explores sexual and marital metaphorical language in Ezekiel. It argues that Ezekiel 16 and 23 confront current readers with acute problems not only for their explicitly offensive, even pornographic language, but also for their disturbing assumptions that female sexuality is inherently defiling, and that victims of sexual abuse are set on an inescapable and destructive path. Perhaps equally disquieting is the power of these narratives over traditional readings, which seem more than willing to comply with their dreadful propositions.

Keywords:   metaphor, sexual language, marital language, metaphorical language

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