The Patriarch’s Nuts

Concerning the Testicular Logic of Biblical Hebrew


The Hebrew Bible is full of balls. And given that those of us of Middle Eastern background are among God’s hairier creatures, the Bible is full of some shaggy baubles indeed. It is all very well in the polite circles of (usually religiously driven) academia to speak of the dominant patriarchies of the Bible or of the masculinities that saturate many of its texts, but these are convenient abstractions, a relieved stride toward the euphemisms that enable us to avoid the earthiness and crudeness of those texts. So in order to acknowledge that crudity and give it its rightful place—and as a useful introduction to this section on masculinities—I prefer to speak of nuts, onions, oysters, apples, footballs, call them what you will.1


Basic Sense Semantic Cluster Rightful Place Polite Circle Consonantal Root 
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