Sarah: Mother of Nations

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"Of all the women in the Bible, Sarah is one of the most fascinating. Too often though, she has been understood only in the light of her marriage to Abraham. Schneider contends that in spite of Abraham's treatment of her, Sarah possessed a strong identity of her own. Although the patriarchal tone of the biblical texts makes it difficult for us to see Sarah in all her strength, Schneider clearly demonstrates that Sarah played a decisive role in the history of Israel, culminating in her becoming mother of all Israel by bearing Isaac." In recent
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Overview

"Of all the women in the Bible, Sarah is one of the most fascinating. Too often though, she has been understood only in the light of her marriage to Abraham. Schneider contends that in spite of Abraham's treatment of her, Sarah possessed a strong identity of her own. Although the patriarchal tone of the biblical texts makes it difficult for us to see Sarah in all her strength, Schneider clearly demonstrates that Sarah played a decisive role in the history of Israel, culminating in her becoming mother of all Israel by bearing Isaac." In recent years, however, the image of Sarah has not fared well in scholarship, where she is depicted as petty, indulgent, and self-absorbed, and as the oppressor of Hagar. Schneider examines Sarah and her role in Genesis as a way of understanding women's roles in the biblical text. Using these fresh readings of the Sarah narratives, Sarah: Mother of Nations provides critical insights into the ways the biblical writers constructed women's roles, and offers glimpses into modern methods for reading women's narratives in the Hebrew Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826416254
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/29/2004
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.07 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Tammi J. Schneider is Associate Professor of Religion at Claremont Graduate University. She also co-directs the renewed excavations at Tel el-Far'ah (South) in Israel. She is the project director at the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity and serves on the Board of Trustees for the American Schools of Oriental Research. She recently published Judges in the Berit Olam series and is the editor for the Ancient Near East section of Religious Studies Review.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The beginning of the story : Genesis 11 8
Ch. 2 Establishing relationships : Genesis 12-13 24
Ch. 3 Changing status : Genesis 14-17 42
Ch. 4 The three messengers' announcement : Genesis 18-19 66
Ch. 5 The evolving family : Genesis 20-22 82
Ch. 6 Sarah's end : Genesis 23 111
App The New Testament 131
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