The Figure and Figuration of Woman in the Hebrew Bible: Female Body and Voice in Song of Songs, Proverbs 1–9, 31, and Lamentations 1–2

Kelli Anne Gardner
This dissertation is interested in the metaphorical construction of female figures in the Hebrew Bible, specifically addressing why but, especially, how feminine literary imagery is utilized repeatedly, across biblical texts and genres, to figure the collective identity, values, and concerns of Israel and Judea. While the image of personified Israel or Jerusalem, often portrayed in several prophetic texts as the battered wife of Yahweh (such as Hosea or Ezekiel), is more widely discussed in scholarship,...
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