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History Of Exegesis

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The story of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son Isaac reflects an ancient reaction to a custom according to which children actually were sacrificed in desperate situations. Such situations can be found in the Bible and beyond, especially in the history of warfare: nations are prepared to sacrifice the lives of their young adults, or individuals sacrifice themselves as martyrs. After presenting an exegetical survey, C. Houtman, Klaas Spronk and Pieter van der Woel deal with the following aspects of the reception history of Judges 11: feminist and psychoanalytical readings; postbiblical literature and commentaries; Jephthah and his daughter in catechisms, family bibles, and sermons; literary adaptations in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries; stage plays; musical versions; painting and graphic art.

Keywords: Bible; C. Houtman; exegesis; Klaas Spronk; Pieter van der Woel



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