Sarah, the wife of Abraham and the mother of Isaac in Genesis, is a central biblical character because of her role in the establishment of the people later called Israel. In recent years the image of Sarah has not fared well in scholarship where she is depicted as petty, indulgent, self-absorbed, and the oppressor of Hagar. This study examines Sarah and her role in Genesis to understand how women function in the biblical text, how the biblical writers constructed women's roles, and how this impacts a modern reading of the Hebrew Bible.
mention of book--Hebrew Studies "This is a small and relatively specialized book, but it is an important contribution to feminist hermeneutics and to biblical scholarship in general. It shows that much more work is needed by feminist scholars in terms of commentating on the actual text. It indicates that feminist hermeneutics has an important contribution to make to the rereading of those texts which have shaped our thinking of what it means to be children of Abraham." - Epworth Review mention of book--, Schneider s provocative study prompts readers to rethink many of our assumptions concerning the matriarch, Sarah. Her probing narrative analysis challenges past portrayals of Sarah as the petulant and short-sighted wife of the founding patriarch of biblical tradition who so frequently stands as an obstacle to the establishment of the covenant between G-d and Abraham. Instead, Schneider argues that G-d chooses Sarah just as surely as Abraham, and that Sarah must be recognized for her key role in establishing the covenant between G-d and Israel. Her study has important implications for rethinking the role of women in relation to our understandings of biblical covenant in both Judaism and Christianity. Marvin A. Sweeney Professor of Hebrew Bible, Claremont School of Theology Professor of Religion, Claremont Graduate University Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Ancient Biblical Manuscript Center for Preservation and Reseach, Claremont "This feminist literary study focuses on the importance of Israel's first matriarch, and recognizes her neglect by many biblical scholars. Sarah laughed when God promised her a child at age ninety and she would certainly smile at Tammi Schneider's ability to give her back her rightful place in biblical history." Naomi Steinberg, DePaul University--Sanford Lakoff mention of book--Sanford Lakoff 'In just over 120 pages this is quite a tour de force, but the author manages to keep her readers' attention through clearly structured chapters which ultimately invite us to take another look at those familiar stories ourselves.'
'This is a small and relatively specialized book, but it is an important contribution to feminist hermeneutics and to biblical scholarship in general.'
Epworth Review --Sanford Lakoff
|The beginning of the story : Genesis 11||p. 8|
|Establishing relationships : Genesis 12-13||p. 24|
|Changing status : Genesis 14-17||p. 42|
|The three messengers' announcement : Genesis 18-19||p. 66|
|The evolving family : Genesis 20-22||p. 82|
|Sarah's end : Genesis 23||p. 111|
|The New Testament||p. 131|
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Number Of Pages: 144
Published: 19th October 2004
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1