'Isn't tHe Bride Too Beautiful?' the Case of Jeremiah 6.16-21

Yair Hoffman*

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‘The bride is too beautiful’ is a folkloristic Jewish saying. Its original context is the man who, apprehensive of being talked into marriage, points out defects in each potential bride. When at last an apparently perfect woman is found, he denounces her as ‘too beautiful’. It is used meta phorically to indicate absurd reasoning which conceals the real motives of one's resentment. However, a too-beautiful bride might indeed be a hindrance rather than a guarantee of successful marriage. In such cases to argue that ‘the bride is too beautiful’ is not absurd; it is paradoxical.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-120
Number of pages18
JournalJournal for the Study of the Old Testament
Issue number64
StatePublished - Dec 1994


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