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Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel

Brian R. Doak


The bodies of a people encode and continually retell the story of their families, cities, and nations. In the Hebrew Bible, the bodies of notable heroic figures—warriors, kings, and cultural founders—not only communicate values on an individual level but they also bear meaning for the fate of the nation. The patriarch Jacob, who takes on the name of the nation, “Israel,” engages in an intense bodily drama by way of securing the family blessing and passing on his identity to the Tribes of Israel. Judges is a deeply bodily book: left-handed, mutilating and mutilated, long haired, and fractured l ... More

Keywords: bodies, heroes, male bodies, David, Saul, Jacob, Judges, heroic culture, heroic iconography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190650872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190650872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian R. Doak, author
George Fox University