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Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: A Study on the Book of Ezekiel
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Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: A Study on the Book of Ezekiel


Sheffield Academic Press 2003

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This book is about both the fear of gender reversal and its expression in the prophet Ezekiel's reworking of the marital metaphor. Kamionkowski argues that the abomination of "wife Jerusalem" is that she is attempting to pass for a male, thereby crossing gender boundaries and upsetting the world order. This story is therefore one of confused gender scripts, ensuing chaos, and a re-ordering through the reinforcement of these strictly defined prescriptions of gendered behavior. Using socio-historical evidence and the existence of the literary motif of men turning into women as a framework, this book argues that Ezekiel 16, in particular, reflects the gender chaos which arises as an aftermath of social and theological crises.

Key Features

  • Excellent study on the literary aspects of Ezekiel
  • Includes table of contents, indexes, and bibliographies

Product Details

  • Title: Gender Reversal and Cosmic Chaos: A Study on the Book of Ezekiel
  • Author: S. Tamar Kamionkowski
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 192

About S. Tamar Kamionkowski

S. Tamar Kamionkowski, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Bible and Academic Dean of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. In 1997, Tamar joined the RRC faculty as an instructor in the department of Biblical Civilization. She has taught a range of courses, including Psalms, Biblical Civilization Seminar, Prophetic Literature and Biblical Hebrew. She serves on the steering committees for the Theology of the Hebrew Scriptures and the Theology of the Book of Ezekiel sections of the Society for Biblical Literature. She also is a member of the Association for Jewish Studies and the American Academy of Religion. She is a two-time winner of RRC’s Yaakov Gladstone Award for Fine Teaching (2000, 2006) and has served on the editorial board of the Jewish Publication Society.

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