The Book of Hiding: Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther / Edition 1

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Overview

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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415167802
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 12/11/1997
  • Series: Biblical Limits Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Timothy K. Beal is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Eckerd College, Florida. He is the Chair of the Reading, Theory and the Bible section of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is co-editor, with David Gunn, of Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book (Routledge 1996).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: Dislocating Beginnings 1
1 Writing Out, I 15
2 Palimpsest 29
3 The Bible as Moral Literature 40
4 Writing Out, II 50
5 Finding Oneself Signed Up 60
6 Insomnia and a Lost Dream of Writing 75
7 Subversive Excesses 85
8 Coming Out 96
In Conclusion 107
Notes 125
Bibliography 141
Index 149
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