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Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women (Jione Havea) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2004) 9781589830332
Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women (Jione Havea) Paperback Book, (SBL Press, 2004) 9781589830332
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Title: Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women

Author: Havea, Jione

Publisher: SBL Press; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9781589830332

Volumes: 1; Pages: 223

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Since the utterance of a vow both brings it into existence and makes possible its annulment, how difficult is it for a woman to keep a vow when her father or husband has the right to break it? Intrigued with this question and inspired by the transoceanic experiences of South Pacific islanders, Havea explores the circularity of vow making and breaking and performs a circumreading, reading around and across legal and narrative biblical texts. From Numbers 30, which regulates women's vows, to narratives in which women's words are monitored, this circumreading exposes the ways in which words elude control and control eludes words within the world of the text and in the very act of reading itself.CONTENTSAcknowledgments List of Abbreviations Introduction Ch. 1 Dominant Subjects in and of Numbers 30Ch. 2 Ignored Subjects in and of Numbers 30 Ch. 3 Repressed Subjects in and of Numbers 30 Ch. 4 A Daughter No Man Knew Ch. 5 A Wife No Man Controlled Ch. 6 A Woman No Man Unveiled Afterword, My Alibi, a Story Works Cited Indexes
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