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Book: The Old Testament Hebrew Scriptures in Five Minutes

Chapter: 20. Why Are There so Many Genealogies in the Bible?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44897


Are sixth cousins still family? As much as mules boast that their ancestors are horses (never donkeys), the genealogies in the Hebrew Bible construct identities. For better or worse, these forbidding lists of ancestors are powerful tools for ongoing production of self- and social definition.

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  • Dexter Callender, Jr. ([email protected] - dcallender) 'The University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL Northwest University, Potchefstroom, South Africa'