Monday, June 18, 2012

New Article in Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

the Journal of Hebrew Scriptures

Cynthia R. CHAPMAN, " 'Oh that you were like a brother
to me, one who had nursed at my mother's breasts.'
Breast Milk as a Kinship-Forging Substance"

Abstract: This article builds on the work of anthropologists
who focus on milk kinship to demonstrate that biblical
Hebrew narrative understands breast milk as a
kinship-forging substance. The Bible presents breastfeeding
as a process through which a mother or wet nurse confers
upon an infant her own tribal identity and royal or priestly
status. Breastfeeding narratives in the Bible bolster the
hero's royal or priestly credentials and establish his
insider ethnicity.

To access the article directly please go to

Also, I am glad to announce that JHS is now offering
hypertext/ hyperlinked versions of all articles and reviews
published from 1996 to 2009 (inclusive of 2009). We are
currently working to include versions of the 2010/2011
articles and reviews.


Christophe Nihan

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for this, I'm glad to see more great content available like this.

    This will be interesting to read in light of "Jewishness" being passed down through the mother.

    Logos has just made Journal of Hebrew Sciptures volumes 10 and 11 available for pre-order.