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The House of the Mother: The Social Roles of Maternal Kin in Biblical Hebrew Narrative and Poetry

Cynthia R Chapman

Abstract

This book reevaluates the biblical house of the father (bêt ’āb) in light of the anthropological critique of the patrilineal model. It uncovers and defines the contours of an underappreciated yet socially significant kinship unit in the Bible: “the house of the mother (bêt ’ēm).” Identified with what anthropologists call “the uterine family,” the biblical house of the mother comprised a mother, her maidservants, and her biological and adopted children. The house of the father subdivided into maternally named or maternally identified units. Members of a maternally named house formed an alliance ... More

Keywords: House of the father, Anthropological, Patrilineal, Kinship, House of the mother, Uterine family

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780300197945
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300197945.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Cynthia R Chapman, author
Oberlin College