By Renita Weems
Weems's pioneering learn explores the difficult ways that the Hebrew prophets' portrayals of divine love, compassion, and traditional dedication usually turned linked to battery, infidelity, and the rape and mutilation of girls. She wrestles with the prophets' rhetoric and sexual metaphors to discover Israelite social constructions, asking, "What is implied approximately ladies, males, and God by way of the language that the prophets use to explain the covenant among Yahweh and Israel?" This provocative paintings by way of a number one African American biblical pupil delves deeply into problems with intimacy and tool, violence and regulate, seduction and betrayal, and is a searing indictment of the axial issues of Israelite religion-its covenantal and prophetic traditions-and their authority this day.
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Nonetheless, for all their differences of perspective and methodology, the two authors share an agenda and much more. I am glad that Overtures has been one arena for the development of this important discussion. It was Trible who invited serious and sustained reflection on metaphor as a primary mode of biblical articulation. Indeed, Cynthia Ozick in Memory and Metaphor, has suggested more recently that metaphor belongs characteristically and defini- tionally to Jewish modes of discourse. Trible's most influential and perhaps most successful study in her groundbreaking work concerned the "womb-like" compassion (rhm) of Yahweh.
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By characterizing Israel's relationship with its god as tantamount to the bond between a wife and a husband, and then depicting Israel's demise as like that of an adulterous wife who rightly-according to the mores of ancient society-must be punished, the prophets chose an image that had enormous sentimental value in Hebrew society. Its sentimental hold upon the population was sure to provide the prophets with audiences who had a moral and social stake in what the prophets had to say. 3 For that reason the marriage metaphor is sure to have been a very valuable tool for the prophets' rhetorical aims.
Battered Love (Overtures to Biblical Theology) by Renita Weems