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Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges: An Anthropological Approach
Southwood, Katharine E.

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017 pp. viii + 272. $99.99

Series Information
Society for Old Testament Study Monograph Series, 1


Description: In this book, Katherine E. Southwood offers a new approach to interpreting Judges 21. Breaking away from traditional interpretations of kingship, feminism, or comparisons with Greek or Roman mythology, she explores the concepts of marriage, ethnicity, rape, and power as means of ethnic preservation and exclusion. She also exposes the many reasons why marriage by capture occurred during the post-exilic period. Judges 21 served as a warning against compromise - submission to superficial unity between the Israelites and the Benjaminites. Any such unity would result in drastic changes in the character, culture, and values of the ethnic group 'Israel'. The chapter encouraged post-exilic audiences to socially construct those categorised as 'Benjaminites' as foreigners who do not belong within the group, thereby silencing doubts about the merits of unity.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Judges, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches, Sociology

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Review by George G. Nicol
Published 3/29/2018
Citation: George G. Nicol, review of Katharine E. Southwood, Marriage by Capture in the Book of Judges: An Anthropological Approach, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2018).


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