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Lie With Me!

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Title: Lie With Me! UnBounded Female Sexuality in Early Biblical Interpretation
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Samson, Samantha
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2009
Publication Date: 2009

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Subjects / Keywords: Judaism
Gender
Rabbinic
Genesis
Sexuality
Interpretation
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theses   ( marcgt )
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Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

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Abstract: How did early biblical interpreters approach scenes of sexual seduction and adultery within the book of Genesis? The ways in which these exegetes address sexually-natured biblical texts tell us much about ancient Jewish and Christian concerns regarding gender and sexuality. This thesis analyzes women's sexuality in rabbinic and pseudepigraphic interpretive texts from late antiquity focusing on the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39. The first chapter provides an overview of women's sexuality within larger rabbinic thought, while the second and third chapters focus specifically on treatments of Potiphar's wife's character within Rabbinic homiletic texts as well as the para-biblical Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. As proven through close readings of these Hebrew and Greek texts, unbounded female sexuality threatens the interpretive group's self-preservation by disrupting the relationship between communities of men within each group.
Statement of Responsibility: by Samantha Samson
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2009
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Marks, Susan

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
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Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE004166/00001

Material Information

Title: Lie With Me! UnBounded Female Sexuality in Early Biblical Interpretation
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Samson, Samantha
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2009
Publication Date: 2009

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Judaism
Gender
Rabbinic
Genesis
Sexuality
Interpretation
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: How did early biblical interpreters approach scenes of sexual seduction and adultery within the book of Genesis? The ways in which these exegetes address sexually-natured biblical texts tell us much about ancient Jewish and Christian concerns regarding gender and sexuality. This thesis analyzes women's sexuality in rabbinic and pseudepigraphic interpretive texts from late antiquity focusing on the story of Joseph and Potiphar's wife in Genesis 39. The first chapter provides an overview of women's sexuality within larger rabbinic thought, while the second and third chapters focus specifically on treatments of Potiphar's wife's character within Rabbinic homiletic texts as well as the para-biblical Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs. As proven through close readings of these Hebrew and Greek texts, unbounded female sexuality threatens the interpretive group's self-preservation by disrupting the relationship between communities of men within each group.
Statement of Responsibility: by Samantha Samson
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2009
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Marks, Susan

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2009 S2
System ID: NCFE004166:00001


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LIE WITH ME!: UNBOUNDED FEMALE SEXUALITY IN EARLY BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION BY SAMANTHA SAMSON A Thesis Submitted to the Division of Humanities New College of Florida in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Arts Under the sponsorship of Dr. Susan Marks Sarasota, Florida April, 2009

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i ACKNOWLEDGEME NTS Thank you to... Susan Marks my academic sponsor and thesis advi sor. I do not know where to begin thanking you for all you have done for me th roughout the thesis process as well as all four years of my New College career. I will never forget my first class at New College, Christian Scriptures, where you taught me th at scripture and interpretation can be as beautiful and complex as poetry. I have change d a great deal since my first semester, due to your unfailing attention and support. You helped me find my passion and my voice. You provided me with insight and knowledge that I will take with me forever. What greater gift could anyone give? Mama Jo and Dave Throughout my life you have instilled within me the drive to pursue my passions, whether they be poetry, academics, tap-dancing, or my short stint with the French horn in middle-school. Without your love and support, I would not be where I am today. Dad. Not just my father but my best frie nd. We have so many wonderful memories together it would be impossible to recount them all. Thank you for your unfailing support whenever I was sick, fell off my bike, or just needed to talk. Brian You have always been my greatest al ly. Also, thank you for your favorite comeback growing up: "Go read a book, Samantha" Melissa I am so grateful for everything that br ought us together. Thank you for your love and for being a truly good person, in every sense of the word. And of course, lest I forget, thank you for being the best SWA ev er and helping me strengthen my writing voice. Wherever we go from here, I can't wait to share that life with you. All my friends: Tierney Katie, Justin Lisa Loren and countless others who have made my New College experience unforgettable. Sammi Francis for leading the way and Austin Taylor for taking over from here. My committee members: Douglas Langston David Schatz and David Rohrbacher Also, a big shout out to the SRQ Airport Subway for nourishing me throughout the thesis process with oven-ro asted chicken breast on hone y oat bread with all the vegetables except for banana and jala peo peppers. I'm serious about that.

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ii T ABLE OF CONTENTS ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS............................................................................................................... ............ii TABLE OF CONTENTS............ ........................................................................... ............ ..................... ......iii NOTES ON TRANSLATIONS AND ABBR EVIATIONS.......................... ............... ........................ ........iii INTRODUCTION................................................................................................................... .......................1 CHAPTER ONE: THE SEXUALLY UNBOUNDED WOMEN IN RABBINIC HALAKHAH...................................................................................................................... .............11 HETEROSEXUAL MARRIAGE.......................................................................................................... .........13 FEMALE SEXUALITY............................................................................................................... ..................22 CULTURAL SEDUCTION............................................................................................................. ...............25 CHAPTER TWO: POTIPHAR'S WIFE IN MIDRASH RABBAH........................................................33 POTIPHAR'S WIFE AND RUTH....................................................................................................... ...........36 POTIPHAR'S WIFE AND JOSEPH..................................................................................................... .........42 POTIPHAR'S WIFE AND POTIPHAR................................................................................................... ......45 CHAPTER THREE: POTIPHAR'S WIFE IN THE TESTAMENTS OF THE TWELVE PATRIARCHS.................................................................................................................... ............49 THE CONCEPT OF NOMOS ........................................................................................................................53 THE TESTAMENT OF REUBEN........................................................................................................ .........56 THE TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH........................................................................................................ ...........60 CONCLUSION..................................................................................................................... ........................68 APPENDIX A: GENESIS 39 [HEBREW]................................................................................................ ..72 APPENDIX B: GENESIS 39 [TRANSLATION].......................................................................................73 APPENDIX C: SELECTED PASSAGES FR OM GENESIS RABBAH [HEBREW AND TRANSLATION].................................................................................................................. ..........75 APPENDIX D: SELECTION FROM THE TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH [GREEK].... ............... ..........75 APPENDIX E: SELECTION FROM THE TESTAMENT OF JOSEPH [TRANSLA TION]..... .........81 REFRENCES...................................................................................................................... ..........................84

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iii NOTE ON TRANSLATIONS AND ABBREVIATIONS All biblical quotations are original translations from the Hebrew Masoretic text with the assistance of Tanakh: A New Translation of the Ho ly Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text (1985). Translations of Midrash Bereshit Rabbah are also original, with the assistance of the transl ation by H. Freedman (1938). Translations of Mishnah are based on The Mishnah: Translated from th e Hebrew with Introduction and Brief Explanatory Notes (1933). All quotations of the Babylonian Talmud originate from the translations by I. Epstein (1936). All quot ations from the Testament of Joseph are original, translated under the supervision of Professor Carl Shaw. Quotations from the Testament of Reuben are based on the translations in Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs: A Commentary (1985). Non-English words appear in transliteration within biblical or rabbinic quotations when the Hebr ew or Aramaic is central to the passage's exegetical argument. Square brackets within quotations from translated texts generally indicate words added in order to clarify th e meaning of the passage. Selected Hebrew and Greek primary texts, and their transl ations, may be found in the appendix. The following abbreviations are used for the five books of the Torah: Gen (Genesis), Ex (Exodus), Lev (Leviticus), Nu m (Numbers), Deut (Deuteronomy). These abbreviations are used in citing rabbinic works: M (the Mishna h), B (the Babylonian Talmud), J (the Talmud of the Land of Is rael), and T (Tosefta). The following abbreviations are used in reference to the Te staments of the Twelve Patriarchs: T 12 Patr (the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs), T Jos (the Testament of Joseph), T Reu (the Testament of Reuben), T Naph (the Testament of Naphtali).

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iv LIE WITH ME!: UNBOUNDED FEMALE SEXUALITY IN EARLY BIBLICAL INTERPRETATION Samantha Samson New College of Florida, 2009 ABSTRACT How did early biblical interpreters ap proach scenes of sexual seduction and adultery within the book of Genesis? The ways in which these exeget es address sexuallynatured biblical texts tell us much about anci ent Jewish and Christian concerns regarding gender and sexuality. This thesis analyzes womens sexuality in rabbinic and pseudepigraphic interpre tive texts from late antiquity focusing on the story of Joseph and Potiphars wife in Genesis 39. The first ch apter provides an overview of women's sexuality within larger rabbinic thought, while the second and third chapters focus specifically on treatments of Potiphar's wife's character within Rabbinic homiletic texts as well as the para-biblical Testaments of th e Twelve Patriarchs. As proven through close readings of these Hebrew and Greek texts, unbounded female sexuality threatens the interpretive groups self-prese rvation by disrupting the relationship between communities of men within each group. Susan Marks Division of Humanities


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