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
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