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The Prostitute and the Prophet: Hosea's Marriage in by Yvonne M. Sherwood

By Yvonne M. Sherwood

The single consensus that has been reached on Hosea 1-3 is that it's a notoriously 'problematic' textual content. Sherwood unpicks this relatively imprecise assertion through reading the actual complexities of the textual content and frictions among the textual content and reader that conspire to supply this kind of disorientating impact. 4 dimensions of the 'problem' are thought of: the clash among textual content and reader over the 'improper' dating among Hosea and Gomer; the weird prophetic sign-language that conscripts humans right into a cosmic charade; the text's propensity to subvert its critical theses; and the emergent tensions among the feminist reader and the textual content. Aiming to compile literary feedback and biblical scholarship, this e-book offers lucid introductions to ideological feedback, semiotics, deconstruction and feminist feedback, and appears on the implications of those ways not just for the publication of Hosea yet for religious study commonly.

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63 In the case of texts like the Akedah or Hos. 2, however, this description of the reading process is, at best, only partial. For when the fixed points of the text are difficult or offensive, the commentator does not merely fill in the gaps, but attempts to negotiate his way around the points that are given by the text. Kierkegaard's Fear and Trembling,M 58. E. Auerbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature (trans. W. Trask; Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1953), p.

96 Midrash Rabbah, a rabbinic 'reader response', similarly assembles three stories 93. S. K. ), The Poetics of Gender (New York: Columbia University Press, 1986), pp. 117-36 (122). 94. Sontag, 'Against Interpretation', p. 655. 95. M. C. ), Signs and Wonders: Biblical Texts in Literary Focus (Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1989), pp. 133-51 (133). 96. I. Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveller (London: Picador, 1982), p. 88. 1. The Strange Case of the Missing Prostitute 41 around Hosea's marriage, each reiterating the same theme, the enduring love of Yhwh.

283-84. 77. Freud, Moses, pp. 283-84. '78 Sontag's study of the ideological manipulation of religious texts starts from the assumption that all interpretation involves displacing the text. On one level this is a commonplace, because if criticism had no criticisms, it would, as Pierre Macherey puts it, 'run the risk of abolishing itself in satisfaction,'79 but Sontag argues that while the replacement of the text can be an accident of the critical situation, it can also be a deliberate act of usurpation.

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