Introduction

The bibliography provides information on writings dealing with the history of rape, including sexual child abuse, sexual harassment, sexual molestation, child prostitution, forced prostitution, sexual slavery, sexual(ized) violence. The blog informs about calls for papers, forthcoming events and new literature in this field.

June 15, 2013

ART: Sleeping with the Enemy: Recent Scholarship on Sexuality in the Book of Judges

Author: Serge Frolov
Title: Sleeping with the Enemy
Subtitle: Recent Scholarship on Sexuality in the Book of Judges
Journal: Currents in Biblical Research
Volume: 11
Issue: 3
Year: 2013
Pages: 308-327
ISSN: 1476-993X - eISSN: 1745-5200
Language: English
Full Text: SAGE Journals [Restricted Access]

Abstract: »Reviewing the publications of the last three decades, this article demonstrates that the period in question has been predictably marked by sharply increased attention to the sexual aspects of the book of Judges, and especially by sustained attempts to discover sexuality in the texts that had been commonly read with little to no reference to it. Refreshing as it is in many respects, this trend suffers from multiple vulnerabilities, including the exegetes’ tendency to stretch semantics of the biblical lexemes, ignore the syntactic layout and context of the discussed fragments, rely on problematic sexual symbolism, and produce interpretations that are less than edifying for contemporary Western audiences. As a result, much, although by no means all, of the recent quest for sexuality in Judges is unsustainable, as far as both the text and the reader are concerned.« [Source: Currents in Biblical Research]