J. in a cultural context of male violence

J.
Cheryl Exum in her article titled “The Ethics of
Biblical Violence Against Women” proposes a ‘threefold interpretive
strategy’ for dealing with rhetorical violence against women in the prophetic
literature.1
Exum’s proposal involves recognising the
differing claims made by male and female
readers, exposing ‘prophetic pornography’ for what it is, and identifying
competing discourses.2
Although Exum’s proposal focuses on the interpretation of texts such as Ezek
16, Hosea 1-3, that contains metaphorical descriptions of violent acts women,
it works well in interpreting any biblical text in a cultural context of male
violence against women.

According
to Exum, prophetic texts make different claims upon male and female readers.
Exum says male readers and identify with and defend ‘a righteous and
long-suffering God for punishing a wayward and headstrong nation’.*249

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However,
if the females adopt the male point of
view, we must ‘read these texts against our interests’, and that means ‘acceptance, if not of guilt, then at least of the
indictment of our sex that these texts represent’.*249-250

Exum encourages the identification of the gender-related ‘rhetorical
strategies’ in these texts and how they ‘affect what is at stake for female and
male readers’. *266

Up till
this present day, the explanation of the levirate law on marriage is from the man’s perspective within its
historical context, that is, as a means of providing for the widow. A female, if given the opportunity to shape her
perspective today, would probably prefer to inherit her husband’s estate or
seek legitimate employment.

1 J Cheryl Exum,
“The Ethics Of Biblical Violence Against Women”, in Bible In Ethics: The Second Sheffield Colloquium
(Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement) (Sheffield:
Sheffield Academic Press Ltd, 1995), pp. 248-271.

2 J Cheryl Exum,
“The Ethics Of Biblical Violence Against Women”, in Bible In Ethics: The Second Sheffield Colloquium
(Journal For The Study Of The Old Testament Supplement) (Sheffield:
Sheffield Academic Press Ltd, 1995), pp. 248-271.

 

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