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Reading the Women of the Bible: A New Interpretation of Their Storiesby Tikva Frymer-Kensky
Synopses & Reviews
A professor of Hebrew Bible at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago, Frymer-Kensky (In the Wake of the Goddesses: Women, Culture and the Biblical Transformation of Pagan Myth) investigates biblicalstories about women to ascertain why a clearly androcentric text from a patriarchal society has so many stories that revolve around women. Deliberately omitting a few prominent women (e.g., Eve and Miriam), Frymer-Kensky focuses on four groups of women: the victors, the victims, the virgins, and those with voice.
This dramatically different way of hearing the voices of the women of the Bible and of interpreting their stories is written by the highly regarded author of "In the Wake of the Goddesses."
The author takes up two of the most significant intellectual and religious issues of our day : the experiences of women in a patriarchal society and the relevance of the Bible to modern life.
Table of Contents
The hand that rocks the cradle: the Rivka stories — Saviors of the Exodus — The guardian at the door: Rahab — Warriors by weapon and word: Deborah and Yael — A wise woman of power — The Shunammite — Villains: Potiphars' wife, Delilah, and Athaliah — The disposable wife — Daddy's daughters — Father-right awry: Jephthah and his daughter — The bad old days: concubine and chaos — Kings to the rescue? — "Off with his head": David, Uriah, and Bathsheba — Trauma and tragedy: the betrayals of Tamar — Power and person: a problem of political life — The Dinah affair — To the barricades: views against the other — Queen Jezebel or Deuteronomy's worst nightmare — Cozbi — Hagar, my other, my self — Royal origins: Ruth on the royal way — Royal origins: the Moabite — Royal origins: Tamar — The royal way — Outsider women: exile and Ezra — Oracles of the conquest of Canaan: Rahab and Deborah — Oracles of Saul: Hannah and the witch of Endor — The Necromancer at Endor — Abigail — Huldah — Woman
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