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Family Romance of Martyrdom in Second Maccabees (Hardcover) (Naomi Janowitz)

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Centering on the first extant martyr story (2 Maccabees 7), this study explores the "autonomous value" of martyrdom. The story of a mother and her seven sons who die under the torture of the Greek king Antiochus displaces the long-problematic Temple sacrificial cult with new cultic practices and presents a new family romance that encodes unconscious fantasies of child-bearing fathers and eternal mergers with mothers. This study places the martyr story in the historical context of the Hasmonean struggle for legitimacy in the face of Jewish civil wars, and uses psychoanalytic theories to analyze the unconscious meaning of the martyr family story.

Number of Pages: 102.0
Genre: History
Series Title: Routledge Focus on Biblical Studies
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Naomi Janowitz
Language: English
Street Date: March 23, 2017
TCIN: 51771474
UPC: 9781138206663
Item Number (DPCI): 248-33-8319

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