The Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality sends us word of a new monograph that minimizes modesty:
“The Patriarch’s Nuts: Concerning the Testicular Logic of Biblical Hebrew,” Roland Boer [pictured here], Journal of Men, Masculinities and Spirituality, vol. 5, no. 2, June 2011 41-52. The author, at the University of Newcastle, Australia, explains:
“I seek to uncover the way a gonad linguistic economy stretches out to include courage, strength, fear and trembling, active participation in their own right, and the pressing need for males to bind them up and protect them from harm (usually rendered with the innocent “girding one’s loins”). From there I pass to the subtleties of yarekh, exploring the way this semantic cluster gives voice to the inner workings of a complex spunk economy…. Throughout, a consistent effort has been made to use a term for testicles no more than once.”
Boer, a member of the Jesus Project, is perhaps familiar to you for another of his recent papers:
“Too many dicks at the writing desk, or, how to organise a prophetic sausage-fest,” Roland Boer, Theology and Sexuality, 16(1), 2010, pp. 95-108.