Intertextuality Sheds Light on the Text of Judges 19, the Concubine of Gilead: The Case of Genesis 24

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Abstract

Much has been written about Judges 19, the brutal rape of the Concubine of Gi-
beah and the very long chapter of Genesis 24, where Rebecca is chosen to be
Isaac’s bride by his father Abraham’s servant. There are almost no commentators
who relate to these two biblical stories intertextually. After a brief discussion of
the nature of intertextual reading, the story of the Concubine will be presented.
The different themes relevant to the horrendous story, such as rape culture, mur-
der, dismemberment, women as meat and hospitality are discussed. This discus-
sion will be followed by a listing of the many intertextual relationships between
Judges 19 and other biblical texts with an analysis of the strength of the intertex-
tuality. The relationship between Rebecca and the Concubine is analyzed. This
analysis concludes that there is a very strong relationship between Genesis 24
and Judges 19 and that they deserve to be read intertextually and hints that
there might be authorial intent in this way of reading. Finally, there is an imag-
inative coda in which the author brings the two texts into a dialogue with each
other.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTroubling Topics, Sacred Texts
Subtitle of host publicationReadings in Hebrew Bible, New Testament, and Qur’an
EditorsRoberta Sterman Sabbath
Place of PublicationBerlin
Publisherde Gruyter
Pages153-190
ISBN (Electronic)9783110650617
ISBN (Print)9783110634266
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2021

Keywords

  • Hebrew Bible
  • heilig
  • banal
  • intertextuality
  • RELIGION / Comparative Religion
  • Sacred books
  • New Testament, Qur'an
  • Koran
  • Hebräische Bibel

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