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Title: 'Like Mother, Like Daughter' (Ezek. 16:44)
Subtitle: Between Heredity, Education, and Choice: A Different Reading of the Prophecy in Ezekiel 16
Author(s): JACOBSEN, Lea
Journal: Bibliotheca Orientalis
Volume: 78 Issue: 3-4 Date: 2021
Ezekiel’s prophecy is unique in the way he extends the family metaphor to include the parents of Jerusalem – the wife and mother, focusing on the waywardness of Jerusalem’s own mother. An examination of the acts ascribed to the mother of Jerusalem and to her daughter Jerusalem as mother reveals marked similarities, encapsulated in the pithy proverb 'Like mother, like daughter'. A new reading of the proverb suggests that despite the fact that the daughter was not raised by her mother, she nevertheless takes after her, as a result of the daughter’s disappointing choices.