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Title: Giving Birth to Knowledge
Subtitle: Creativity and Procreativity in Biblical Texts
Author(s): JAMES, Elaine T.
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 104    Issue: 2   Date: 2023   
Pages: 195-217
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.104.2.3292024

Abstract :
This essay examines instances in the Hebrew Bible in which language of the womb and birth are used as metaphors for human intellective creativity. Informed by Christine Battersby’s classic work in feminist aesthetics, it argues that the female somatics of birth provides a conceptual motif for the cultural complex of human making, especially in moral censure, aesthetic contexts, and prophecy. After establishing the parameters of the metaphor, the essay reads Proverbs 8 with Hannah Arendt’s concept of 'natality', arguing that this poem about primordial wisdom offers a meditation on the emergence of thought itself.

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