By Teresa Ann Ellis
Students who settle for Ben Sira's reviews on girls at face-value or forget about parallel reviews approximately males avoid basic questions about the features of those statements and approximately their contexts. Gender within the ebook of Ben Sira presents a distinctly-different point of view at the discourse of gender within the extant Hebrew manuscripts. the point of interest on wordplay, genre-constraints, and issues named within the book's subtitle - Divine knowledge, Erotic Poetry, and the backyard of Eden - expands the bounds for experiences of gender.
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Arthur introduces her statement with the quote from Vernant, linking the two Greek dreams that diminish or eliminate women. Philo, “On the Creation,” 121. See chapter 5, “Human Female, Biblical Females,” for similarities and differences between Eve’s stories and those of Pandora. 30 Gender and Taxonomies in terms of metonymy. ”87 For example, the Aristotelian perception that women’s genitals are formed like those of men, but inside the body rather than outside, took such powerful hold of the collective imagination that this theory prevailed beyond the time that observations from dissections refuted it—even beyond the sixteenth-century, anatomical drawings made from female cadavers show the same male-model configuration.
The primary tool for these activities— the binary opposition, which is “the basic morpheme of taxonomic logic”—is itself an empty set of placeholders. ” 42 Diagrams represent classificatory logic as a cascading series of binary oppositions, which together produce a hierarchical system. The binaries act as taxonomizers, each of which divides the group into a subset of those that match salient elements of one taxon and a subset of those that do not. The categories chosen as taxonomizers, and their sequence, determine the results of a taxonomy, producing a particular serial ranking for the subclasses of the diagram’s taxonomic tree.
For the analysis of each passage, Ben Sira’s colonial status intersects with the text’s genre and form, and with its taxonomical system, as preeminent tools for interpretation; each component of analysis can modify the others, so that interpretations— though inevitably subjective—become more balanced. The categories used to analyze Ben Sira’s social location are also relevant starting-points for examining the texts. Some preliminary classifications for Ben Sira are that he was male and literate, that he lived in an urban setting (probably Jerusalem) during some span of the years between 220 and 150 BCE, and that he was a member of the ethnic group that produced the texts of the Hebrew Bible.