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ISBN13: 9780312427290
ISBN10: 0312427298
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1. Read Genesis 34 and discuss how The Red Tent changes your perspective on Dinahs story and also on the story of Joseph that follows. Does The Red Tent raise questions about other women in the Bible? Does it make you want to re-read the Bible and imagine other untold stories that lay hidden between the lines?

2. Discuss the marital dynamics of Jacobs family. He has four wives; compare his relationship with each woman?

3. What do you make of the relationships among the four wives?

4. Dinah is rich in "mothers." Discuss the differences or similarities in her relationship with each woman.

5. Childbearing and childbirth are central to The Red Tent. How do the fertility childbearing and birthing practices differ from contemporary life? How are they similar? How do they compare with your own experiences as a mother or father?

6. Discuss Jacobs role as a father. Does he treat Dinah differently from his sons? Does he feel differently about her? If so, how?

7. Discuss Dinahs twelve brothers. Discuss their relationships with each other, with Dinah, and with Jacob and his four wives. Are they a close family?

8. Female relationships figure largely in The Red Tent. Discuss the importance of Inna, Tabea, Werenro, and Meryt.

9. In the novel, Rebecca is presented as an Oracle. Goddesses are venerated along with gods. What do you think of this culture, in which the Feminine has not yet been totally divorced from the Divine? How does El, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, fit into this?

10. Dinahs point of view is often one of an outsider, an observer. What effect does this have on the narrative? What effect does this have on the reader?

11. The book travels from Haran (contemporary Iraq/Syria), through Canaan and into Shechem (Israel), and into Egypt. What strikes you about the cultural differences Dinah encounters vis-à-vis food, clothing, work, and male-female relationships.

12. In The Red Tent, we see Dinah grow from childhood to old age. Discuss how she changes and matures. What lessons does she learn from life? If you had to pick a single word to describe the sum of her life, what word would you choose? How would Dinah describe her own life experience?

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xiiicatsold, January 1, 2013 (view all comments by xiiicatsold)
Some Biblical history (fictionalized) to tell the tale of Jacob's sons and daughter from Dinah's point of view. I've heard the stories of Jacob, Esau and Joseph all my life, but never realized how primitively they must have lived and how this affected the women of their times. A good read.
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writermala, July 12, 2012 (view all comments by writermala)
This is a story told by Dinah - a voice that has never been heard of in the Genesis - daughter of Jacob. Using her powerful imagination, Anita Diamant writes a story of women everywhere. She tells of the powerful bond between sisters, even sisters who share a husband, and the intense love between mothers and daughters. Even in cultures where sons are treasured, it is this daughter that the mothers cherish. Anita Diamant has written a colorful novel, which is indeed a book that women everywhere will love.
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Diamant, Anita
Picador USA
Christian - Biblical
Christian - General
Christianity-Christian Fiction
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Tenth Anniversary Edition
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7.9 x 5.41 x 0.94 in

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"Synopsis" by , The red tent is the place where women gather during their cycles of birthing, menses, and even illness. Like the conversations and mysteries held within this feminine tent, this sweeping piece of fiction offers an insiders look at the daily life of a biblical sorority of mothers, wives, and daughters.
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