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In a work in which kinship is the point of departure for claiming socio-cultural prominence, one can certainly expect that not only will the recollected family memories support that claim but that they will also be gendered, i.e., construed according to the conventional ideas connected to the social roles of men and women. The Chronicle of Aḥima῾az displays a remarkable instance of reconciliation of opposites. In Aḥima῾az's narrative representation of events, two parallel stories appear to carry the most explicit references to the shaping of the images of the male ancestors of the family in relation to the conventional idea of the role of women and children. The proximity of funerals to weddings as social occurrences of the same kind is indeed striking, for the very concepts of marriage and burial were not as antithetic in both the Greco-Roman and Jewish traditions as they may be to modern minds.

Keywords: Aḥima῾az; Family; Jewish traditions; socio-cultural prominence



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