By Shalom Goldman
One of many world's oldest recorded folktales tells the tale of a good-looking younger guy and the older lady in whose apartment he is living. conquer via her emotions for him, the lady makes an attempt to seduce him. while he turns her down she is enraged, and to her husband she accuses the younger guy of attacking her. The husband, doubtless confident of his wife's innocence, has the younger guy punished. however it is strictly that punishment that ends up in the hero's vindication and eventual upward thrust to energy and prominence.
In the West we all know this tale--classified in folklore because the Potiphar's spouse motif--from its shiny narration within the Hebrew Bible. yet as Shalom Goldman demonstrates during this booklet, the Bible's is just one telling of a narrative that looks within the scriptures and folklore of many peoples and cultures, in lots of varied eras, together with historic Egypt, classical Greece, and historical Mesopotamia, in addition to post-Biblical Jewish literature, the Qur'an, and Inuit tradition. Goldman compares and contrasts the remedy of this motif particularly within the literature and lore of the traditional close to East, Biblical Israel, and early Islam, while bearing on gender issues--the prestige of ladies in heart japanese societies and the various structures of male-female relationships--and the vexed query of "originality" within the narratives of the monotheistic traditions.
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