Kgarebe (virgin) and carnal knowledge: Reading Genesis 19:30–38 from the margins

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies

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Title Kgarebe (virgin) and carnal knowledge: Reading Genesis 19:30–38 from the margins
Creator Masenya, Madipoane
Subject Old Testament; Cultural Studies carnal knowledge; kgarebe (virgin); agency; patriarchy; Genesis 19:30–38; Lot’s daughters; humanity; Black Liberation Theology
Description In this article, issues of carnal knowledge, gender (read: daughters) and agency as evident in selected texts from the Judeo-Christian tradition and the African context in South Africa are interrogated. Do the ideologies embedded in religious texts endorse unequal power relations between male and female human beings (batho)? Of particular interest for the present investigation is the issue of carnal knowledge as it is understood in African (Northern Sotho) contexts and the Hebrew Bible (cf. Gn 19) context. Informed by the insights from both the African and the ancient Israelite contexts, the key questions that this essay seeks to engage are: when the notion of carnal knowledge is engaged with, in the context of daughters in both African and biblical contexts, which insights may emerge? Can such insights contribute to the affirmation of daughters as persons with agency?Contribution: Dealing with a scarcely researched upon topic within the circles of South African Old Testament scholarship, that is, the OT text (Genesis) (sex)uality and the agency of younger women (read: daughters), through the knowledge produced herein, the HTS will be enabled to make a needed impact in patriarchal African and global contexts.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-01-27
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hts.v77i3.6178
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 77, No 3 (2021); 7 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
Language eng
Coverage Stratosphere Post-colonial Africa Gender, Ethnicity
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Madipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele)