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Bees, Wasps, and Weasels

Zoomorphic Slurs and the Delegitimation of Deborah and Huldah in the Babylonian Talmud
  • By Blazenka Scheuer
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In this book, Blazenka Scheuer explores the zoomorphic content of Zibburta (bee/wasp) and Karkusta (weasel)--demeaning names given by R. Naḥman of b. Meg 14b to Deborah and Huldah, two distinguished prophets of the Hebrew Bible. Looking closely at relevant texts, she explores ancient beliefs about bees, wasps, and weasels, recounting a variety of key literary and visual motifs that highlight the different attributes of these animals. Scheuer demonstrates the multiple ways in which zoomorphic images were used as interpretative keys both in the formation of Deborah and Huldah stories in the Hebrew Bible and in their subsequent versions. In a constant process of interaction with their cultural contexts, such zoomorphism represents an attempt to define the rabbinic beliefs about the role of women in Jewish tradition but also about the nature of God. Scheuer argues that the symbolic association of bees and weasels with asexual conception and birth also made the zoomorphic slurs about Deborah and Huldah effective as an argument against the doctrine of virgin birth in early Christianity. Emphasizing the foundational process of constant negotiation of traditions and textual interpretations, Scheuer exposes the culturally rich and religiously competitive world in which the biblical texts were transmitted.
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    • SKU: 9781978714526
    • Manufacturer: FORTRESS ACADEMIC
    • ISBN 13: 9781978714526
    • Publication Date: 08/08/2023
    • Format: Hardcover
    • Author: Blazenka Scheuer

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