Elusions of Control: Biblical Law on the Words of Women by Jione Havea

By Jione Havea

The very utterance of a vow either brings the vow into lifestyles and makes attainable its annulment. How tough is it for a lady to maintain her vows while her father or husband has the precise to wreck them? encouraged by means of the transoceanic studies of South Pacific islanders, Havea explores the circularity of vow-making and vow-breaking and plays a circumreading, examining round and throughout felony and narrative biblical texts. From Numbers 30, the place women’s vows are regulated, to numerous narratives the place women’s phrases are monitored, this circumreading exposes the ways that phrases elude regulate and keep an eye on eludes phrases in the global of the textual content and within the very act of interpreting itself and demonstrates an alternate "transtextual" solution to learn biblical legislation.

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If we read ’îš (in 30:3 and 30:7–9) as every man, hence as no subject, we entertain the possibility that the real author is no author in any particular sense. The real author exists in the imagination, as a product of readings. ” This stipulation echoes the earlier regulation of vows by a man (30:3), insofar as widows and divorcées are bound to their vows and obligations. But there are differences between Num 30:3 and 30:10, in addition to the gender difference of their subjects. Numbers 30:10 does not name to whom (“recipient”) the regulated vows were uttered, and I assume that they do not have to be made “to Yhwh” only, as 30:3 specifies for a man.

Qxd 9/8/2003 6:41 PM Page 29 DOMINANT SUBJECTS IN AND OF NUMBERS 30 29 this respect, also, 30:10a loses containment. It does not specify if the regulation is directed at vows that the widow or divorcée made before and/or after she became a widow or divorcée, some of which her father or husband may have annulled. ” It is thus curious why the subjects who have experienced “broken vows” are obliged not to break their vows (see ch. 6). Numbers 30:10 realizes that the widow and divorcée have moved to another authority, their own, but it does not clear them from their husband’s authority.

Compared to the authority of the father in 30:6, which is defined in terms of his decision to restrain his daughter and annul her vows, 30:12 twists the question of authority so that the husband’s decision not to restrain his wife defines his authority over her. The husband in 30:11–13 also stands in contrast to the husband in 30:7–9. Whereas the husband in 30:8 may annul his wife’s vows by simply ignoring her, the husband in 30:12 must not restrain her. qxd 9/8/2003 32 6:41 PM Page 32 ELUSIONS OF CONTROL ing (“be silent”) her, he also chooses not to annul her vows.

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