Miriam's Well

Miriam's Well

by Alice Bach

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School Library Journal
Gr 4 Up-- For a woman of the patriarchal past, just getting her (given) name written into the official saga was an achievement. (Surprisingly, Ruth, a Moabite, got a whole book--but Esther and Judith had to struggle for acceptance into the canon.) Bach and Exum give features, feeling, and life to these three, and to Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Abigail, and several lesser-known Biblical women. Although the authors have deliberately omitted stories of violence against women, they do include Jezebel (right up to the moment of her awful death) and, another anomaly, Delilah, trying to present these despised foreigners (and other marginal figures, such as Lot's wife and Job's wife) from a more sympathetic viewpoint. As in Moses' Ark (Delacorte, 1989), the tales are gracefully told, enlivened by plausible and vivid details and an informative introduction and notes. Small pen-and-ink decorations recalling medieval woodcuts open each chapter. A solid amalgam of scholarship (archaeological and textual) and storytelling, this book honors a piece of our cultural heritage in a way that makes it true both to women's experience and to the religious tradition. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle

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