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Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature
Koepf-Taylor, Laurel W.

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2013 pp. xiv + 153. $59.00

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Emerging Scholars



Description: In the subsistence agricultural social context of the Hebrew Bible, children were necessary for communal survival. In such an economy, childrenís labor contributes to the familyís livelihood from a young age, rather than simply preparing the child for future adult work. Ethnographic research shows that this interdependent family life contrasts significantly with that of privileged modern Westerners, for whom children are dependents. This text seeks to look beyond the dominant cultural constructions of childhood in the modern West and the moral rhetoric that accompanies them so as to uncover what biblical texts intend to communicate when they utilize children as literary tropes in their own social, cultural, and historical context.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Jason A. Riley
Published 4/16/2015
Citation: Jason A. Riley, review of Laurel W. Koepf-Taylor, Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


Review by Sonya S. Cronin
Published 3/15/2016
Citation: Sonya S. Cronin, review of Laurel W. Koepf-Taylor, Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2016).


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