Chapter

Dad Pains

in Loving Yusuf

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780226035864
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226035888 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226035888.003.0010
Dad Pains

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Tony Tanner's commentary on the passage regarding sex in the city (versus in the field) in Deuteronomy contains the strong statement “Language has total authority, and within it individuals have total responsibility.” What we need to recognize is that authority hurts, and so do the fathers who claim to possess it. This chapter explores a parallel to such a father ache or dad pain and expands the perspective on Yusuf and the pain caused when a woman transgresses all the laws by loving him. Yusuf the perhaps-adopted son of the household in Egypt hurts in prison, but not because of some action that is clearly illegal, criminal, or immoral. In one version, the divine father would not have it; in another, the biological father appeared. Fathers and canons—social and textual authority—go hand in hand. But if the arch-patriarch, Abraham, is any indication, the power of the father is always derivative, tenuous, and grounded in total submission, a willingness to sacrifice the child.

Keywords: fathers; pain; canons; Abraham; authority; woman; power; submission; sacrifice

Chapter.  7259 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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