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The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry
Chapman, Cynthia R.

New Haven: Yale University Press, 2016 pp. xv + 336. $85.00

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Anchor Yale Bible Reference Library

Description: Upending traditional scholarship on patrilineal genealogy, Cynthia Chapman draws on twenty years of research to uncover an underappreciated yet socially significant kinship unit in the Bible: ďthe house of the mother.Ē In households where a man had two or more wives, siblings born to the same mother worked to promote and protect one anotherís interests. Revealing the hierarchies of the maternal houses and political divisions within the national house of Israel, this book provides us with a nuanced understanding of domestic and political life in ancient Israel.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Wisdom Literature, Writings, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology

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Review by Laura Quick
Published 5/17/2018
Citation: Laura Quick, review of Cynthia R. Chapman, The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2018).

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