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“I Arose a Mother in Israel”: Motherhood as a Liberating Power in the Biblical Stories of Miriam and Deborah

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Abstract

The chapter studies the stories of Deborah and Miriam, as representing a cultural tradition of a maternal-feminine force of leadership and salvation in Israel’s legacy. The two heroines are portrayed as the “Great Mothers” of the nation—life savers, warriors and trailblazers through leadership and vision. The study aspires to shed light on their motherhood as breaking beyond the traditional definition of motherhood, one that is defined as an institutional role by the male culture. Their motherhood, as a female culture, is presented as engendering a powerful, subversive and bold revolutionary feminine vision in the culture and religion of the Ancient World.

Keywords

Feminist Criticism Biblical Text Alternative Vision Maternal Emotion Folk Tale 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.David Yellin Academic College of EducationJerusalemIsrael

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