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The Harlot by the Side of the Road by Jonathan Kirsch
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Mar 31, 12

bookshelves: non-fiction, anthology-short-stories, owned-books
Read in August, 2011

Here are stories ripped from the Bible: the naughty bits, including the scandalous stories about wayward women, desperate damsels and loose girls. Here are stories about the women who didn’t get names because they were meant as what? Cautionary examples? Figures of shame? Secret objects of pride and joy?

I like reading the Bible for these hidden tales, the ones that show the Bible is a HUMAN story not merely one about an omnipotent, omniscient and kindly (?) God. By fleshing out the often missing female “voices”, Kirsch gives us the Bible from other viewpoints, showing what it was like for the women who were subjected to the laws and whims of men. The ladies are brought to life, in all their wit, cunning, passion and beauty.

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