By Julie Faith Parker

Simply as girls within the Bible were ignored for a lot of interpretative historical past, little ones within the Bible have attention-grabbing and compelling tales that students have principally neglected. This groundbreaking ebook makes a speciality of young ones within the Hebrew Bible. the writer argues that the biblical writers well-known childrens as assorted from adults and used those principles to form their tales. She offers conceptual and old frameworks for figuring out young ones and adolescence, and examines Hebrew phrases concerning youngsters and early life. The publication introduces a brand new technique of childist interpretation and applies it to the Elisha cycle (2 Kings 2-8), which incorporates forty-nine baby characters. Combining literary insights with social-scientific proof, the writer demonstrates that kids play severe roles on this planet of the textual content in addition to the tradition that produced it.

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The approach here also reassesses previously neglected characters. Like feminist biblical interpretation, childist biblical interpretation becomes part of a larger movement that questions engrained patterns of thought that minimize the contributions of certain kinds of people. Certainly, to use the word “childist” carries risks.  Wall, “Childhood Studies, Hermeneutics, and Theological Ethics,” 524.  Wall, Ethics in Light of Childhood, 3.  Elisabeth Young-Bruehl, Childism: Confronting Prejudice against Children (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2012), 299–300.

Superseding individualism or communal activity, Ariès concludes, the family had triumphed. 45 Once noticed, however, the book caused quite a stir.  Ariès, Centuries of Childhood, 128.  Ariès claims that the idea of childhood sexual innocence is a modern invention, since previously children had not been sheltered or cordoned off from adult sexual innuendos or activity. For example, Ariès argues that touching and fondling children’s genitals, as repeatedly described in the diary that chronicled the childhood of Louis XIII, was not understood as sexual since children were thought to be indifferent to such activity.

The emotional value of children can stem from cultural symbolism, personal attachment, or economic conditions. ’”19 However, these opposing values assigned to children need not be mutually exclusive. Farming families often depend on children as integral to the work of planting and harvesting crops, as well as tending to animals. Many children around the world also work in industries to help feed their families. The death of a child would be deeply mourned if the loss of wages threatens the family’s survival.

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