Sarah the Princess : Tracing the Hellenistic Afterlife of a Pentateuchal Female Figure

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Tervanotko , H K & Uusimäki , E K 2018 , ' Sarah the Princess : Tracing the Hellenistic Afterlife of a Pentateuchal Female Figure ' , SJOT : Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament. , vol. 32 , no. 2 , pp. 271–290 . https://doi.org/10.1080/09018328.2018.1470850

Title: Sarah the Princess : Tracing the Hellenistic Afterlife of a Pentateuchal Female Figure
Author: Tervanotko, Hanna Kaarina; Uusimäki, Elisa Katariina
Contributor organization: Faculty of Theology
Centre of Excellence Changes in Sacred Texts and Traditions (CSTT)
Date: 2018
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: SJOT : Scandinavian journal of the Old Testament.
ISSN: 0901-8328
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/09018328.2018.1470850
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/311194
Abstract: This article analyses Philo of Alexandria's and Josephus Flavius's interpretations of Sarah from the viewpoint of social and political power attached to her. Both ascribe the figure royal attributes (i.e. she is depicted as a princess or queen) and other features that promote her as a virtuous model and an individual of public standing. A variety of emphases, philological and philosophical interpretations alike, jointly serve to construct Sarah's exemplarity. The aim of this article is to demonstrate that different dimensions of biblical female figures may be revealed when their role as spouses and mothers is not taken as the starting point of analysis in studies concerning the reception history of biblical women.
Subject: 614 Theology
Sarah
Philo of Alexandria
Josephus Flavius
scriptural interpretation
biblical female figures
mother
Peer reviewed: Yes
Usage restriction: openAccess
Self-archived version: acceptedVersion


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