Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature

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In the subsistence agricultural social context of the Hebrew Bible, children were necessary for communal survival. In such an economy, childrens labor contributes to the familys livelihood from a young age, rather than simply preparing the child for future adult work. Ethnographic research shows that this interdependent family life contrasts significantly with that of privileged modern Westerners, for whom children are dependents. This text seeks to look beyond the dominant cultural constructions of childhood in the modern ...

Give Me Children or I Shall Die: Children and Communal Survival in Biblical Literature 2013, Fortress Press, Minneapolis

ISBN-13: 9781451465631

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