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Making Men: The Male Coming-of-Age Theme in the Hebrew Bible

Stephen M. Wilson


This book identifies and elaborates on a theme in the Hebrew Bible (HB) that has largely gone unnoticed by scholars: the transition of a male adolescent from boyhood to manhood. Beyond identifying the coming-of-age theme in different HB texts, the book also describes how the theme is employed by biblical narrators and redactors to highlight broader messages and transitions in the historical narratives of the HB. It also considers how these stories provide insight into the varying representations of biblical masculinity. Five case studies of male coming of age are identified: David in 1 Samuel ... More

Keywords: masculinity, maturation, Hebrew Bible, David, Samson, Samuel, Solomon, Moses, boyhood, Deuteronomistic History

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190222826
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190222826.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Wilson, author
Conrad J. Bergendoff Visiting Fellow in Religion, Augustana College