The Masculinity of Jeremiah

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Abstract

Although the majority of the Hebrew Bible prophets are men, their masculinity has rarely been examined. This article analyzes the masculinity of Jeremiah vis-a-vis traditional hegemonic ideals of masculinity. These ideals include sexual, physical, and inner strength as well as authority and persuasive speech. The book of Jeremiah values these traditional ideals but Jeremiah himself is not a hegemonically masculine man. Fie does not exhibit sexual strength since he is not married and has no children. He lacks masculine authority when he does not succeed in persuading his opponents. Whereas God shows masculine physical strength, Jeremiah does not defend himself against his opponents. Jeremiah also lacks inner strength when he complains to God in his so-called confessions.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiblical Interpretation
Volume28
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)34-55
Number of pages22
ISSN0927-2569
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

Fields of Science

  • Jeremiah
  • gender
  • masculinity

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