Unholy Texts: Biblical Rape Narratives

Unholy Texts: Biblical Rape Narratives

July 14, 2021
8:00 PM

Unholy Texts: Biblical Rape Narratives

Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at 8 pm Eastern via Zoom

Carl Ehrlich, York University

The topic of rape appears a number of times in the Hebrew Bible. It is broached both explicitly and implicitly, reflected in a number of literary genres, including legal, narrative, poetic, and prophetic texts.

The violent act of rape is nowhere condoned and was a tragic fact of life in the biblical world (as it is in ours), yet it still found a place in our sacred texts. Why was this? What was the context? This lecture surveys biblical texts relating to rape in a number of these literary genres and attempts to classify the allusions to rape according to various literary, social, theological, and legal criteria.

Carl Ehrlich is Professor of Hebrew Bible at York University (Toronto)


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