From Deborah To Esther

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The Hebrew Bible's fascinating narratives about women have occasioned some of the most important biblical scholarship of the last generation. Lillian Klein contributes to that wealth with her absorbing studies of key figures in the narrative material: Deborah, Jephtha's daughter, Delilah, Jael, the whore of Gaza, Kaleb's daughter Achsah, Hannah, Esther, the wife of Job, David's wife Michal, and Bathsheba. With a marvelous eye for the telling detail-or its absence-Klein examines the biblical portraits, often ...
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From Deborah to Esther: Sexual Politics in the Hebrew Bible

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Overview

The Hebrew Bible's fascinating narratives about women have occasioned some of the most important biblical scholarship of the last generation. Lillian Klein contributes to that wealth with her absorbing studies of key figures in the narrative material: Deborah, Jephtha's daughter, Delilah, Jael, the whore of Gaza, Kaleb's daughter Achsah, Hannah, Esther, the wife of Job, David's wife Michal, and Bathsheba. With a marvelous eye for the telling detail-or its absence-Klein examines the biblical portraits, often unfortunately brief, of these women and the dynamics of gender, power, and honor at work in their stories.

A remarkably lucid and careful scholar, Klein has surfaced the underlying and ironic ideals of womanhood in a society that both honored and marginalized women in stories of seduction and rivalry, deviation and obedience, public shame and private power.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780800635923
  • Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Wives and Daughters in the Book of Judges 9
2 Deborah and Jael: Audacious Female Role Models? 33
3 Hannah: Marginalized Victim and Social Redeemer 41
4 Bathsheba Revealed 55
5 Job and the Womb 73
6 Michal, the Barren Wife 85
7 Honor and Shame in the Book of Esther 95
Abbreviations 119
Notes 121
Scripture Index 143
Subject and Author Index 147
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