Den andra kvinnan : Feministkritiska perspektiv på metaforiken i Hos 1-3
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AbstractThis thesis is a feminist-critical study of the marital metaphor in Hosea 1-3. My prime interest is the woman and her identity. I ask whether she is a prostitute or married to the prophet. My conclusion is that the text does not strife to tell us her identity, she is merely a prop in the prophets play. Her prostitution is there to shame and to blame other men. These men are the ruling class of Israel at the time of Hosea’s office. They put their trust in other countries when they should be trusting YHWH. The ruling class are paying for protection and worshipping other gods, while Hosea and his contemporaries are living in misery because of their greed and unwillingness to trust the God who has saved them from oppression once before. The woman, as a rhetoric device, is “the other” in the metaphor. Similarly the prostitute is the other woman in the patriarchal society. The prophet’s aim is to present the woman as a threat on the wrong side of the border between men and chaos. The text is not just a metaphor; the text also tells us about values and social life in ancient Near Eastern societies.