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The House of the MotherThe Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry$
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Cynthia R Chapman

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780300197945

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300197945.001.0001

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Like Rachel and Leah Who Together Built Up the House of Israel (kĕrāḥēl ûkĕlē’â ’ăšer bānû šĕtêhem ’et-bêt yiśrā’ēl)

Like Rachel and Leah Who Together Built Up the House of Israel (kĕrāḥēl ûkĕlē’â ’ăšer bānû šĕtêhem ’et-bêt yiśrā’ēl)

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(p.200) 9 Like Rachel and Leah Who Together Built Up the House of Israel (kĕrāḥēl ûkĕlē’â ’ăšer bānû šĕtêhem ’et-bêt yiśrā’ēl)
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The House of the Mother
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Cynthia R. Chapman

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197945.003.0010

The national history of the “House of Israel” was a contested history of a divided house. Maternal subunits within the house of Jacob came to define the Rachel-born northern kingdom of Israel, known as “Ephraim,” and the Leah-born southern kingdom of Judah, known as the “House of David.” Peripheral territories and nations traced their ancestry to foundational mothers whose houses had become satellite houses, no longer nested within the father’s house. Sons who inherited the satellite houses of their mothers became “seeds of women,” inheritors of a maternal covenant. Sent out from their chosen brothers in the Promised Land, unchosen sons dwelled “alongside” their brothers. Far from being reproductive “vessels” who produced male heirs to continue the tôlĕdôt of their husbands, foundational mothers become nations, kingdoms, military units (’ummōt), and household alliances. Mothers served as the building blocks for the biblical house of the father and its attendant kinship structures; their breasts and wombs defined social and political alliances within the house of the father.

Keywords:   ’ummâ, kinship, house of the father, maternal covenant

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