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The Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 124

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The flagship journal of the Society of Biblical Literature, The Journal of Biblical Literature promotes critical and academic biblical scholarship and brings the highest level of scholarly expertise to bear on the study of biblical literature. The Logos edition of The Journal of Biblical Literature gives you access to nearly 20,000 pages of articles, reviews, and news published between 1981 and 2006, written by top scholars from the past two decades of biblical scholarship.

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“But there is abundant attestation of sleeping with one’s father’s wives as a means of usurpation.52 Absalom’s infamous public intercourse with his father’s concubines (2 Sam 15:20–23), Reuben’s relations with Bilhah (Gen 35:22; 49:3–4), David’s acquisition of Saul’s concubines (2 Sam 12:8), and Adonijah’s attempt to acquire David’s wife Abishag (2 Kgs 2:13–25) are all notable examples of a son attempting to unseat his father through relations with the paternal consort(s). Ezekiel rebukes his contemporaries for committing this sin (Ezek 22:10).” (Page 37)

“Exegetes since antiquity have identified Ham’s deed as either voyeurism, castration, or paternal incest.” (Page 26)

“This article will argue for a fourth possible explanation of Ham’s deed: maternal incest, which simultaneously explains the gravity of Ham’s offense and the rationale for the cursing of Canaan, who is the fruit of the illicit union.” (Page 26)

“The currently popular paternal-incest interpretation has much to commend it, but in almost every case the evidence marshaled for this view actually better suits the maternal-incest theory. The heuristic strengths of the maternal-incest interpretation are manifold: it explains (1) the gravity of Ham’s sin, (2) the rationale for the cursing of Canaan rather than Ham, (3) Ham’s motivation for committing his offense, (4) the repetition of ‘Ham, the father of Canaan,’ and (5) the sexually charged language of the passage. In addition, biblical and ancient Near Eastern analogues for Ham’s crime are easy to find, and the related passages of the Pentateuch fit together more elegantly on this interpretation.” (Page 40)

  • Title: The Journal of Biblical Literature, vol. 124
  • Editor: Gail R. O'Day
  • Publisher: Society of Biblical Literature
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Pages: 799

Professor O’Day’s current research focuses on the Gospel of John, the relationship between the Old and New Testaments, the Bible and preaching, and the history of Biblical interpretation.


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