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The Book of Hiding : Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther - Timothy K. Beal

The Book of Hiding

Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther

Paperback Published: 30th October 1997
ISBN: 9780415167802
Number Of Pages: 168

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The Book of Hiding offers a fluent and erudite analysis of the parallels between the Bible and contemporary discussions of gender, ethnicity and social ambiguity. Beal focuses particularly on the traditionally marginalised book of Esther, in order to examine closely the categories of self and other in relation to religion, sexism, nationalism, and the ever-looming legacies and future possibilities of annihilation. Beal applies the critical tools of contemporary theorists, such as Cixous, Irigaray and Levinas, challenging widely held assumptions about the moral and life-affirming message of Scripture and even about the presence of God in the book of Esther. The Book of Hiding draws together a variety of different perspectives and disciplines, creating a unique space for dialogue raising new questions and reconsidering old assumptions, which is profoundly interesting and well-articulated.

"Timothy Beal's sensitive interpretation of the enchanting yet disturbing 'Book of Esther' is a gift to students and teachers of Scripture. Though the mystery of the 'hiding' remains intact, the character's emerge in a new light, weaving a story that responds to our need for enchantment." -Elie Wiesel "A must for all interested in the scroll of Esther, literary study of biblical narrative, and the many ways biblical studies and critical theory might engage each other." -"Religious Studies Review

Preface
Introduction: Dislocating Beginnings
Writing Out
Palimpsest
The Bible As Moral Literature
Writing Out
Finding Oneself Signed Up
Insomnia, and a Lost Dream of Writing
Subversive Excesses
Coming Out In
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780415167802
ISBN-10: 0415167809
Series: Biblical Limits
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 30th October 1997
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.62 x 13.84  x 1.37
Weight (kg): 0.23
Edition Number: 1