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Abraham-Isaac Analogues
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 6, No. 0494.  Monday, 19 June 1995.
 
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Jun 95 11:57:37 CDT
        Subj:   Re: SHK 6.0490 Qs Arising from Miss-Begetting Discussions
 
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        Date:   Saturday, 17 Jun 1995 13:57:52 +0059 (EDT)
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Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0490 Qs Arising from Miss-Begetting Discussions
 
Regarding Chris Stroffolino's questions about female analogues to the
Abraham-Isaac myth and its gender implications ("breaking the mirror"?):
probably the most familiar of these is the sacrifice of Iphigenia by Agamemnon.
Whether taken in its original form, in which the daughter is actually killed,
or later manipulations (as in _Iphigenia at Tauris_) where she was replaced by
a deer and taken off to be the priestess of Diana sacrificing any Greek man who
came along, I'd say the gender implications are rife.  At the same time, there
are universal elements common to all versions.
 
Rather more gender-neutral but far more loaded with cultural, religious, and
artistic implications is the New Testament parallel to Abraham-Isaac, the
crucifixion of Jesus.
 
Just some thoughts,
 
Gavin Witt

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Comment:        Re: SHK 6.0490 Qs Arising from Miss-Begetting Discussions
 
I'm not at all sure I understand what, exactly, the proposed discussion of
Abraham/Isaac is about: but I would nominate the "daughter of Jeptha" story as
the female analogue.  It is an interesting variation, in that the sacrifice
isn't proposed directly, but as a bargain: "The first living creature" to
Jehovah in exchange for victory over his enemies.  As if Jeptha (and Jehovah)
didn't know who'd come dancing out at the head of the victory celebration.
 
G.L. Horton
 

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