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Reading the Women of the Bible: A New Interpretation of Their Stories

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Reading the Women of the Bible takes up two of the most significant intellectual and religious issues of our day: the experiences of women in a patriarchal society and the relevance of the Bible to modern life.
ebook, 480 pages
Published December 18th 2008 by Schocken (first published July 2002)
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Laura Schmidt
This was from a college class on Women of the Old Testament, and I loved it. Little mind is traditionally paid to the women of the bible, and they're commonly just painted as reformed whores, conniving bitches, or good little servants to their men....gag me.
I'm not some bra-burning man-hating feminist, but women of such historical caliber deserve to be showcased for their importance!

Here's a review that I just found on Amazon that sums it up perfectly:

By Erica Herron (Sharpsburg, MD)

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Frank Roberts
Pondering my idea of a Biblical TV series, I realized that while I could easily envision how to portray the characters of Abraham, Jacob, or other male figures, I had very little idea how to envision Sarah, Tamar, or other female figures. This book served me very well in presenting the women of the Bible--all of them! Highly recommended.
Dalaina May
This is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. It covers the stories of a number of familiar and unfamiliar women in the Old Testament, especially the disturbing ones (which are most of them). Written by a brilliant orthodox Jewish Assyriologist who is an expert in ancient Mesopotamian literature, it is a very is a very different perspective than I am used to reading. I do not agree with all of the author’s conclusions (or even her perspective on biblical inerrancy), but her insight ...more
Just fantastic. I love her balance and her respect for the Hebrew Scriptures. Her knowledge of the Near East is indispensable as well. No stridency, only clear eyes.
I loved this book and have re-read it at least once. Frymer-Kensky's thesis is that women in the Hebrew scriptures represent the people of Israel themselves. Their powerlessness represents Israel's situation throughout its history as a small nation surrounded by much larger empires and civilizations: Egypt, the Babylonians, the Roman empire. Her readings of women's stories are all fascinating and her translations are more literal than literary, which allows us to notice and reflect on many detai ...more
a few things to take with a grain of salt, but overall blew my mind. this would be a great piece for group discussion.

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