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Old Testament Essays

On-line version ISSN 2312-3621
Print version ISSN 1010-9919

Abstract

MASENYA, Madipoane. Searching for Affirming Notions of (African) Manhood in the Paean in Praise of the 'Ēšet Ḥayil? One African Woman's Response to Joel K. T. Biwul's Article, "What is He doing at the Gate?". Old testam. essays [online]. 2016, vol.29, n.2, pp.360-369. ISSN 2312-3621.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2312-3621/2016/v29n2a10.

The article challenges the "hi-jacking" of a paean in praise of a female to serve a male agenda. It responds to Biwul's article in OTE 29(1) 2016 in which the author attempts to "resuscitate" what he regarded as the traditionally forgotten male figure in his reading of Proverbs 31:10-31. This article pushes the point that women facing androcentric texts are in need of reading themselves into places where they are not perceived to be present.

Keywords : ēšet ayil; male figure [(read: ba'al)]; women; household manager; family [African]; manhood; Yehud.

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