Daughter Zion Talks Back to the Prophets: A Dialogic by Carleen Mandolfo

By Carleen Mandolfo

Daughter Zion Talks again to the Prophets bargains a brand new theological interpreting of the ebook of Lamentations by way of placing the feminine voice of chapters 1-2 into discussion with the divine voice of prophetic texts during which God represents the folks Israel as his spouse and indicts them/her for being untrue to him. In Lam 1-2 we pay attention the spouse speak again, and from her phrases we get a wholly assorted photo of the clash showcased via this marriage metaphor. Mandolfo therefore offers a feminist problem to biblical hegemony and patriarchy and reconstrues biblical authority to give a contribution to the theological matters of a postcolonial global.

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Hos 2:10). But perhaps her ignorance constitutes the heft of the divine charges against her. Because of her ignorance, YHWH will remove from her the “new grain” and the “new wine”; the wool and linen that covered her will be withheld with the result that her nakedness will be revealed to her lovers (Hos 2:12). 13 Never mind that her shaming signifies his shame, as well. In a spiteful and seemingly self-defeating move, YHWH will destroy the woman’s vines and fig trees, which he claims to have given her but that she believes come from her lovers (2:14).

See, for example, G. Baumann, Love and Violence: Marriage as Metaphor for the Relationship between YHWH and Israel in the Prophetic Books. 29 30 DAUGHTER ZION TALKS BACK TO THE PROPHETS And because this study is especially interested in aspects of rhetorical dialogism, I pay special attention to the speech of the deity and the use of quotations as representations of the wife’s (and children’s) point of view. These observations lead naturally to theological conclusions and to considerations of the contours of the relationship between YHWH and his wife.

Metaphor is more than a simple substitution whereby one word would replace a literal word, which an exhaustive paraphrase could restore to the same place. The algebraic sum of these two operations—substitution by the speaker and restoration by the author or reader—is equal to zero. No new meaning emerges and we learn nothing” (198). INTRODUCTION 25 Black’s understanding of metaphor takes account of the diachronic, dialogic features of metaphor that emphasize the indeterminacy of meaning. 44 When I imagine a metaphoric adulterous wife, I do not think necessarily in categories of disobedience, shame, and “pollution,” but rather I automatically take into account her free agency, the fact that she might be unhappy, that perhaps her husband does not deserve her loyalty and so forth.

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