Sarah the Princess: Tracing the Hellenistic Afterlife of a Pentateuchal Female Figure

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Abstract

This article analyses Philo of Alexandria's and Josephus Flavius's interpretations of Sarah from the viewpoint of social and political power attached to her. Both ascribe the figure royal attributes (i.e. she is depicted as a princess or queen) and other features that promote her as a virtuous model and an individual of public standing. A variety of emphases, philological and philosophical interpretations alike, jointly serve to construct Sarah's exemplarity. The aim of this article is to demonstrate that different dimensions of biblical female figures may be revealed when their role as spouses and mothers is not taken as the starting point of analysis in studies concerning the reception history of biblical women.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSJOT : Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament.
Volume32
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)271–290
Number of pages20
ISSN0901-8328
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • 614 Theology
  • Sarah
  • Philo of Alexandria
  • Josephus Flavius
  • scriptural interpretation
  • biblical female figures
  • mother

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Sarah the Princess : Tracing the Hellenistic Afterlife of a Pentateuchal Female Figure. / Tervanotko, Hanna Kaarina; Uusimäki, Elisa Katariina.

In: SJOT : Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament., Vol. 32, No. 2, 2018, p. 271–290.

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