Conversion in/to the Wilderness: The Case of the Egyptian Slave Girl Hagar in Early Christian and Jewish Texts

The Complexity of Conversion - Intersectional Perspectives on Religious Change in Antiquity and Beyond - Valérie Nicolet

Marianne Bjelland Kartzow [+-]
University of Oslo
Marianne Bjelland Kartzow is professor of New Testament Studies at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo, Norway. She has published Gossip and Gender: Othering of Speech in the Pastoral Epistles (2009) and Destabilizing the Margins: An Intersectional Approach to Early Christian Memory (2012). Her research interest includes Gender theory, social history and studies of sacred scriptures.

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In this article, intersectionality is employed to map and compare Jewish and Christian texts that talk about Ishmael’s mother Hagar and her ambiguous role as an insider/outsider. Her insider/outsider position or conversion cannot be understood without looking at intersections of gender, sexuality, class, and ethnicity. She is a foreign slave, a potential female seducer, but her character is not completely limited through these marginal descriptions. Her role as the mother of Abraham’s firstborn son potentially gives her a privileged position, although she is often devaluated with the help of gender, sexuality, status, or ethnic origin.

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Kartzow, Marianne. Conversion in/to the Wilderness: The Case of the Egyptian Slave Girl Hagar in Early Christian and Jewish Texts. The Complexity of Conversion - Intersectional Perspectives on Religious Change in Antiquity and Beyond. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2020. ISBN 9781781795736. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=32024. Date accessed: 16 Jul 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.32024. Oct 2020

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