Friday, April 12, 2024

Gendered Violence in Biblical Narrative: The Devouring Metaphor

 Gendered Violence in Biblical Narrative

This book uses three examples of violent biblical stories about women, explored through the lens of conceptual metaphor theory in relation to culinary language used within these texts, to examine wider issues of gender and sexual violence in the Hebrew Bible.

Utilising the tools of conceptual metaphor theory, feminist criticism, and classic textual analysis, Brownsmith interrogates some of the most troubling biblical passages for women—neither by redeeming them nor by condemning them, but by showing how they are intrinsically shaped by the enduring metaphor of woman as food in the Hebrew Bible, ancient Near East, and beyond. The volume explores three main case studies: the Levite’s “concubine” (Judges 19); Tamar and Amnon (2 Sam 13); and the life and death of Jezebel (primarily 1 Kings 21 and 2 Kings 9). All depict violence toward a woman as perpetrated by a man, interwoven with culinary language that cues their metaphorical implications. In these sensitive but critical readings of violent tales, Brownsmith also draws on a broad range of interdisciplinary connections from Ricoeur to ancient Ugaritic epics to modern comic books. Through this approach, readers gain new insights into how the Bible shapes its narratives through conceptual metaphors, and specifically how it makes meaning out of women’s brutalized bodies.

Gendered Violence in Biblical Narrative: The Devouring Metaphor is suitable for students and scholars working on gender and sexual violence in the Hebrew Bible and the ancient Near East more broadly, as well as those working on conceptual metaphor theory and feminist criticism.

Edition 1st Edition
First Published 2024
eBook Published 14 April 2024
Pub. Location London
Imprint Routledge
Pages 202
eBook ISBN 9781003258544


chapter 1|4 pages


Size: 0.37 MB

chapter 2|33 pages

Stocking the Pantry

Size: 0.65 MB

chapter 3|35 pages

The Woman in the Refrigerator

Consumption and Objectification in Judges 19

Size: 0.64 MB

chapter 4|43 pages

Forbidden Fruit

Food and/as Consumption in 2 Samuel 13

Size: 1.03 MB

chapter 5|35 pages

The Diner as Dinner

Jezebel and the Literalization of Metaphor

Size: 1.29 MB

chapter 6|9 pages

Clearing the Table

Size: 0.42 MB



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