A Sign in the Dark: Moses’s Cushite Wife and Boundary Setting in the Book of Numbers


Sitting at a primary intersection of gender and ethnicity in the book of Numbers is the figure of the Cushite woman in Numbers 12. Who is this Cushite, and why does she materialize seemingly out of nowhere, only to disappear as fast as she appeared? In order to explore ways that gender and ethnicity...

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Published in:Biblical interpretation
Main Author: Serino, Ron (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: 2016
In:Biblical interpretation
Year: 2016, Volume: 24, Issue: 2, Pages: 153-177
Further subjects:B Feminist
 deconstruction
 ethnicity
 Cushite
 Numbers
 Midianites

Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
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Summary:Sitting at a primary intersection of gender and ethnicity in the book of Numbers is the figure of the Cushite woman in Numbers 12. Who is this Cushite, and why does she materialize seemingly out of nowhere, only to disappear as fast as she appeared? In order to explore ways that gender and ethnicity were used to define boundaries and construct identity in post-exilic Judah, this paper investigates the role that this Cushite plays in the narrative of Numbers and the ideology behind her enigmatic portrayal.

ISSN:1568-5152
Contains:In: Biblical interpretation
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1163/15685152-00242p02