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Rewriting Masculinity: Gideon, Men, and Might

Kelly J. Murphy


Described variously as divinely appointed “mighty warrior,” fearful son, hesitant solider, clever tactician, commanding father, ruthless killer, and, perhaps, idolater and illegitimate king, the character of Gideon from the biblical book of Judges has long challenged readers. Why are there so many conflicting portraits of Gideon? What might these different portraits tell us about the authors and editors of Gideon’s story, especially in how men were or are expected to act? By interweaving redaction criticism, reception history, and masculinity studies, Rewriting Masculinity: Gideon, Men, and Mi ... More

Keywords: Gideon, book of Judges, masculinity, gender, reception history, redaction criticism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190619398
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190619398.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kelly J. Murphy, author
Associate Professor of PHilosophy and Religion, Central Michigan University

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