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Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch of Genesis

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The only source in which Sarah is mentioned is the Book of Genesis, which contains very few highly selective and rather enigmatic stories dealing with her. On the surface, these stories tell us very little about Sarah, and what they do tell is complicated and confused by the probability that it represents residue surviving from two different written sources based on two independent oral traditions. Nevertheless, the role which Sarah plays, in the Genesis narratives, apears to be a highly energetic one, a role so active, in fact, that it repeatedly overshadows that of her husband.

In a patriarchal environment such as the Canaan of Genesis, the situation is discordant and problematic. Dr. Teubal suggests that the difficulty is eliminated, however, if we understand that Sarah and the other matriarchs mentioned in the narratives acted within the established, traditional Mesopotamian role of priestess, of a class of women who retained a highly privileged position vis-a-vis their husbands.

Dr. Teubal shows that the “Sarah tradition” represents a nonpatriarchal system struggling for survival in isolation, in the patriarchal environment of what was for Sarah a foreign society. She further indicates that the insistence of Sarah and Rebekah that their sons and heirs marry wives from the old homeland had to do not so much with preference for endogamy and cousin marriage as with their intention of ensuring the continuation of their old kahina-tradition against the overwhelming odds represented by patriarchal Canaan.

Synopsis:

'Sarah the Priestess is a challenging and important work. It pushes us to read our sacred text with a new openness to questions never before asked, questions about women as sources of religious authority and tradition. It is a groundbreaking work of feminist biblical historiography.' --Rabbi Laura Geller

Product Details

ISBN:
9780804008440
Other:
Teubal, Savina J.
Publisher:
Swallow Press
Author:
Teubal, Savina
Author:
Teubal, Savina J.
Location:
Athens, Ohio :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Bible - Study - General
Subject:
Bible - Study - Old Testament
Subject:
Bible
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
Women and religion
Subject:
Sarah
Subject:
Women and religion -- Middle East.
Subject:
Biblical Studies - Old Testament
Subject:
General Body, Mind and Spirit
Subject:
Metaphysics-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Bibliography: p. 179-186.
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
19840731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
216
Dimensions:
9.03x6.03x.57 in. .80 lbs.

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