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Model of Modesty?: Sexual Politics and/in/after the Book of Ruth
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Theology. (Gamla testamentets exegetik)
2014 (English)In: Biblical Reception, Vol. 3, 175-219 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Throughout history, biblical texts and their receptions have been used in

the service of sexual politics. The aim of this article is to investigate how

such politics are manifest in two cases of popular reception of the book of

Ruth, children’s bibles and romances. How are the ambiguities of the biblical

text resolved? In what interests do relationships of power find new expression?

Four novels and 21 children’s bibles from the end of the nineteenth

century to the present are studied, with a focus on the threshing floor scene,

on characterization and on the narrator. To sort the material, the notion of

the ‘nomadic text’ is used as a heuristic tool. The uniformity of the receptions

constitute the most significant finding. Ruth and Boaz are to a large

extent transformed into examples of faith and virtue. Whereas children’s

bibles censor sexual activity, the romances privilege marital, heterosexual,

reproductive sex with a dominant man and a submissive woman. The flocks

have indeed not wandered very far.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014. Vol. 3, 175-219 p.
Keyword [en]
politics, sexuality, reception, Ruth, romances, children's bibles
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Old Testament Exegesis
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-276443OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-276443DiVA: diva2:903033
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