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Reading The Women Of The Bible - Tikva Frymer-Kensky

Reading The Women Of The Bible

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Published: 1st April 2004
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An award-winning study of the women of the Old Testament includes coverage of such figures as Sarah, Rebecca, and Rachel and describes how their lives serve as examples of women as victors, victims, brides and wives, and the voice of God. Reprint.

"This book has much to say about and to women of every era and age, but its spirit, scope, and breadth go beyond any generic limits. Men--perhaps even more than women--can and should learn much from it, both about the Bible and the women in it." --David Noel Freedman, editor in chief, The Anchor Bible "Frymer-Kensky addresses both modern hypotheses and traditional beliefs, and acknowledges which arguments can be supported and which questions remain unanswered. [A] very approachable text that streamlines what could otherwise be a complicated discussion." --Houston Chronicle "You'll never see the women of the Bible in quite the same way after reading Tikva Frymer-Kensky's excellent new book. In her able hands, these women emerge from the ancient texts with new strength and vigor. Frymer-Kensky is a dazzling thinker who presents her ideas with unusual energy and clarity." --Ari L. Goldman, author of Living a Year of Kaddish and The Search for God at Harvard

"A welcome book, engagingly written. It is a valuable contribution to the growing bibliography of feminist biblical interpretation." --Dr. Phyllis Trible, University Professor, Wake Forest University Divinity School

"Frymer-Kensky advances our understanding of the gender issues in the Bible by proposing a fresh and suggestive taxonomy of four discourses concerning women. Her persuasive power rests upon her immense capacity to read texts carefully and discerningly. A most welcome and important read!" --Dr. Walter Brueggeman, Columbia Theological Seminary

"Frymer-Kensky presents the women of the Hebrew Bible freshly and brilliantly, bringing to her study a profound mastery of the literatures and cultures of the lands surrounding the Bible. Here is biblical interpretation that eliminates much of the distance between the text and the reader: These stories illuminate the themes and dangers, hopes and fears, that are characteristic of human life anywhere and at any time. And the entire work is presented in a style and with a grace that delight the eye, the ear, and the heart." --Dr. Walter Harrelson, Vanderbilt University

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Victors
The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: The Rivka Storiesp. 5
Saviors of the Exodusp. 24
The Guardian at the Door: Rahabp. 34
Warriors by Weapon and Word: Deborah and Yaelp. 45
A Wise Woman of Powerp. 58
The Shunammitep. 64
Villains: Potiphar's Wife, Delilah, and Athaliahp. 74
Victims
The Disposable Wifep. 93
Daddy's Daughtersp. 99
Father-right Awry: Jephthah and His Daughterp. 102
The Bad Old Days: Concubine and Chaosp. 118
Kings to the Rescue?p. 139
"Off with His Head": David, Uriah, and Bathshebap. 143
Trauma and Tragedy: The Betrayals of Tamarp. 157
Power and Person: A Problem of Political Lifep. 170
Virgins
The Dinah Affairp. 179
To the Barricades: Views Against the Otherp. 199
Queen Jezebel, or Deuteronomy's Worst Nightmarep. 209
Cozbip. 215
Hagar, My Other, My Selfp. 225
Royal Origins: Ruth on the Royal Wayp. 238
Royal Origins: The Moabitep. 257
Royal Origins: Tamarp. 264
The Royal Wayp. 278
Outsider Women: Exile and Ezrap. 283
Voice
Orades of the Conquest of Canaan: Rahab and Deborahp. 297
Oracles of Saul: Hannah and the Witch of Endorp. 301
The Necromancer at Endorp. 310
Abigailp. 315
Huldahp. 324
Woman as Voicep. 327
Reading the Women of the Bible
Women of Metaphor, Metaphors of Womenp. 333
The Later Adventures of Biblical Womenp. 339
Mirrors and Voices: Reading These Stories Todayp. 350
Notesp. 355
Indexp. 437
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ISBN: 9780805211825
ISBN-10: 0805211829
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 480
Published: 1st April 2004
Publisher: Schocken Books
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.2 x 13.4  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1