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Are You Not a Man of God?Devotion, Betrayal, and Social Criticism in Jewish Tradition$
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Tova Hartman and Charlie Buckholtz

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199337439

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199337439.001.0001

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Canonical “Back-Talk”: Supporting Characters as Social Critics

(p.161) Conclusion
Are You Not a Man of God?

Tova Hartman

Charlie Buckholtz

Oxford University Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the devoted resistance of some supporting characters in canonical stories in Jewish texts and Greek tragedy. It argues that the use of the interpretive lens of devoted resistance allows the critical relational voice of supporting characters to be detected in central canonical stories and characters of Jewish tradition. It highlights the recurring motif of supporting characters critiquing culture heroes and even stripping them of their authority, their status, and their names. This chapter concludes that devoted resistance complicates the legacies of all the canonical supporting characters examined in this study and holds the potential to complicate others.

Keywords:   devoted resistance, supporting characters, canonical stories, Jewish texts, Greek tragedy, relational voice, culture heroes

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