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Children in the Bible and the ancient world : comparative and historical methods in reading ancient children

Author: Shawn W Flynn
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
Series: Studies in the history of the ancient Near East.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First [edition]View all editions and formats
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The topic of children in the Bible has long been under-represented, but this has recently changed with the development of childhood studies in broader fields, and the work of several dedicated scholars. While many reading methods are employed in this emerging field, comparative work with children in the ancient world has been an important tool to understand the function of children in biblical texts. Children in the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Children in the Bible and the ancient world
New York : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2019005500
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Shawn W Flynn
ISBN: 9781138543768 1138543764
OCLC Number: 1084629857
Description: xiv, 226 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Vows and children in the Hebrew Bible / Heath D. Dewrell --
Turning birth into theology : traces of ancient obstetric knowledge within narratives of difficult childbirth in the Hebrew Bible / Claudia D. Bergmann --
Uncooperative breeders : parental investment and infant abandonment in Hebrew and Greek narrative / David A. Bosworth --
Failure to marry : girling gone wrong / Kristine Henriksen Garroway --
Girls and goddesses : the Gospel of Mark and the Eleusinian mysteries / Sharon Betsworth --
Children and the church : the ritual entry of children into Pauline churches / John W. Martens --
"Stay away from my children!" : educators and the accusation of sexual abuse in Roman antiquity / Christian Laes --
I bless you by YHWH of Samaria and his Barbie : a case for understanding Judean pillar figurines as children's toys / Julie Faith Parker --
Coming of age at St. Stephen's : bioarcheology of children at a Byzantine Jerusalem monastery (fifth to seventh centuries CE) / Susan Guise Sheridan --
Protoevangelium of James, menstruating Mary, and twenty-first-century adolescence : purity, liminality, and the sexual female / Doris M. Kieser.
Series Title: Studies in the history of the ancient Near East.
Responsibility: edited by Shawn W. Flynn.

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The topic of children in the Bible has long been under-represented, but this has recently changed with the development of childhood studies in broader fields, and the work of several dedicated scholars. While many reading methods are employed in this emerging field, comparative work with children in the ancient world has been an important tool to understand the function of children in biblical texts. Children in the Bible and the Ancient World broadly introduces children in the ancient world, and specifically children in the Bible. It brings together an international group of experts who help readers understand how children are constructed in biblical literature across three broad areas: children in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East, children in Christian writings and the Greco-Roman world, and children and materiality. The diverse essays cover topics such as: vows in Ugarit and the Hebrew Bible, obstetric knowledge, infant abandonment, the role of marriage, Greek abandonment texts, ritual entry for children into Christian communities, education, sexual abuse, and the role of archaeological figurines in children's lives. The volume also includes expertise in biological anthropology to study the skeletal remains of ancient children, as well as how ancient texts illuminate Mary's female maturity. The volume is written in an accessible style suitable for non-specialists, and it is equipped with a helpful resource bibliography that organizes select secondary sources from these essays into meaningful categories for further study.

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