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The Empathic Pillar of Salt: Bible, Literature and Scholar in Conversation
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Literature. (Gamla testamentets exegetik)
2012 (English)In: Biblical Reception, Vol. 1, 267-280 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article I show how the mainstream interpretation of Genesis 18.16-19.29, where the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah as well as the fate of Lot´s wife is conceived in terms of punishment, needs to be corrected. I propose that Lot's wife's transformation into a pillar of salt is a textual representation of depression that might be understood as a text-inherent critique of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. I also show how literature can serve as a hermeneutic tool for the biblical scholar, contributing to the interpretation of biblical texts that have traditionally posed stumbling blocks to interpretation. An intertextual journey between Bible and literature is one among many ways to attain new knowledge, a way that is especially helpful in the area of the emotions, human relationships and psychology as depicted in biblical Hebrew narratives.

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Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press , 2012. Vol. 1, 267-280 p.
Keyword [en]
Biblical reception, intertextuality, Gen 19, Torgny Lindgren
Keyword [sv]
Bibelreception, intertextualitet, Torgny Lindgren, Genesis 19
National Category
Languages and Literature
Research subject
Old Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206116OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206116DiVA: diva2:643527
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Available from: 2013-08-27 Created: 2013-08-27 Last updated: 2013-09-05Bibliographically approved

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