Sisters At Sinai

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This is an exceptional anthology of 24 stories about the women in the Bible. Drawing from the ancient tradition of midrash, the author brings to life the inner world and the experiences of these women, weaving rabbinic legends and her own imagination into the biblical texts. Readers will discover Lilith—not as the night demon alluded to in Isaiah, but as another aspect of Eve herself. Sarah is a moon priestess and as great a prophet as Abraham. Miriam is not merely a figure of song and dance, but also one of ...
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Overview

This is an exceptional anthology of 24 stories about the women in the Bible. Drawing from the ancient tradition of midrash, the author brings to life the inner world and the experiences of these women, weaving rabbinic legends and her own imagination into the biblical texts. Readers will discover Lilith—not as the night demon alluded to in Isaiah, but as another aspect of Eve herself. Sarah is a moon priestess and as great a prophet as Abraham. Miriam is not merely a figure of song and dance, but also one of revelation, a source of Torah. These stories were written to give biblical women the honor they deserve—due to them as prophets, rulers, and teachers. The Introduction to Sisters at Sinai offers the rationale and the need for midrash - the writing in the margins - expressing how it can be liberating as well as deeply comforting. Perfect for women’s studies courses, adult study groups, confirmation classes and book groups.
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Editorial Reviews

Lilith

"Hammer breathes a woman's breath into ancient narratives . . . her collection of new midrashim draws on her knowledge of the Bible, the rich tradition of classical midrash, and on her own imagination."—Lilith
Jewish News of Greater Phoenix

"[Sisters at Sinai] offers creative interpretations of the women of the Bible, infusing the stories with fresh insights and perspectives."—Jewish News of Greater Phoenix
Bookwatch

"These diverse tales draw upon Judaic traditions and understandings regarding the human condition as surely as the scriptures that inspired them. Highly recommended reading."—Bookwatch
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780827608061
  • Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Series: New Adult Titles Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 322
  • Sales rank: 950,133
  • Product dimensions: 0.72 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction xi
Notes to the Reader xxv
Prologue 1
Havdalah 3
The House of the Mothers 13
Naamah and the Hummingbird 15
The Arranged Marriage 27
The Revenge of Lot's Wife 35
The Switch 40
The House of the Matriarchs 53
Second Blessings 55
Mitosis 69
Penitence 79
Shimon's Prison 84
The House of the Midwives 105
The Tenth Plague 107
The Bones of Joseph 114
The Least of the Handmaids 117
The House of the Prophets 127
Miriam under the Mountain 129
The Mirrors 134
The Daughters of Tzelafchad 138
The House of the Judges 145
And the Walls Came Tumbling Down 147
Miriam's Heir 154
The Song of Devorah and Yael 167
The House of the Queens 179
The King's Harp 181
Solomon's Box 190
The Scribe 203
Vashti and the Angel Gabriel 213
Epilogue 229
The Words in the Scroll 231
Commentary 241
Sources 243
Notes to the Stories 248
Bibliography 287
Index of People and Places 290
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