A Mother's Refrain: Judges 5:28-30 in Cultural Context

Baker, Robin (2017) A Mother's Refrain: Judges 5:28-30 in Cultural Context. Vetus Testamentum, 67 (4). pp. 505-518. ISSN 0042-4935 (In Press)

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The Song of Deborah’s unusual language and style, and the potency of its imagery combine to make it one of the most analysed and debated texts in the Hebrew Bible. Although many aspects of the Song have remained opaque, there is scholarly consensus that it was composed in approximately the form we have it in the period of the Judges. This consensus is largely founded on linguistic analysis of the text. This article approaches the Song from a different direction. It considers the cultural markers found in Judges 5:28-30, and analyses what they reveal about the Sitz im Leben of these verses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Song of Deborah; Sisera’s mother; Ugarit; woman-at-the-window; ivory; textiles; Assyria; Ramat Raḥel.
Subjects: V Historical & philosophical studies > V610 Theology
Departments: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Theology and Religious Studies
Depositing User: Robin Baker
Date Deposited: 25 Apr 2017 09:05
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 15:31
URI: http://repository.winchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/544

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