The patrilineal narrative machinery of chronicles

Julie-Anne Kelso

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This article focuses on the strange story that functions as narrative origin in the Book of Chronicles: the murder of Saul and his sons (1 Chron. 10). In Chronicles, the logic of the production of meaning depends on the logic of patrilineal succession for its consistency. Upon close analysis of 1 Chronicles 10, it emerges that this narrative logic depends on the silencing of the maternal body. The murder of Saul and his sons is read symptomatically as a narrative of the originary repression of the maternal body, a repression necessary to sustain the phantasy of monosexual production that underwrites this masculinist history.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of biblical narrative
EditorsD.N. Fewell
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press, USA
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9780199967728
Publication statusPublished - 2016


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