Sending a boy to do a man’s job : hegemonic masculinity and the ‘boy’ Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas

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dc.contributor.author Stewart, Eric
dc.date.accessioned 2015-08-25T11:06:03Z
dc.date.available 2015-08-25T11:06:03Z
dc.date.issued 2015-05-29
dc.description This article was initially presented as a paper at the International Meeting of the Context Group that was held at the University of Stellenbosch on 02–03 July 2014. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract Studies of masculinity have shown that masculinity is a socially acknowledged gender status. Rather than automatically attaining such a status simply through physical maturation, boys must ‘earn’ such status by matching the social conventions associated with masculinity. Boys earn such status through ‘doing gender’, that is, acting in ways that are assessed by others as meeting gendered norms. Failure to meet these norms can result in suggestions that boys are unmanly. For elite Romans, masculinity was attained through the domination of others, including spouse, children and enemies. Though Jesus is presented as a child in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas, his actions lend themselves to interpretation in terms of expectations for elite Roman males. In this text, Jesus is described as behaving in ways normally associated with hegemonic masculinity in the Roman world. He is able to defeat opponents in violent ways through the power of his word, he is able to teach his teachers, and he is able to provide for his family. Throughout the text, Jesus is described more in terms of an adult male than a child. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch and from the University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.hts.org.za en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Stewart, E., 2015, ‘Sending a boy to do a man’s job: Hegemonic masculinity and the “boy” Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 71(1), Art. #2817, 9 pages. http://dx.DOI.org/ 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2817. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2078-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v71i1.2817
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/49580
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher OpenJournals Publishing en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Masculinity en_ZA
dc.subject Jesus en_ZA
dc.subject Boys en_ZA
dc.subject Social conventions en_ZA
dc.title Sending a boy to do a man’s job : hegemonic masculinity and the ‘boy’ Jesus in the Infancy Gospel of Thomas en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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