I Am--: Biblical Women Tell Their Own Stories

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Fortress Press - 228 pages
Athalya Brenner presents fictionalized "autobiographies" of a dozen women and women groups in the Hebrew Bible, and also lets them share a conversation session. This allows her to include how these women have been interpreted - not only in the Bible itself, but also in Jewish and Christian traditions and by modern commentators. The result is a thoroughly engaging and insightful look at women, from a leading biblical interpreter who has a very creative edge to all her work.

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Brennerís rhetorical strategy is subtle. She selects female characters from the Hebrew Bible who have, in a sense, never died because the Bible never reports their death. ďAs literary female figures ... Read full review

Contents

Prior to Touchdown
1
ONE War Culture WivesMothers from A to
9
Dinah
25
Rizpah Daughter of Ayah
120
We Are Tamar and Tamar
133
I Am Zeruiah
147
Huldah the Prophet
155
Am an Anonymous Woman from
163
Am the Convener
191
THIRTEEN Goodbye
211
Selected Sources
218
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Page 176 - Coral is far more red than her lips' red: If snow be white, why then her breasts are dun; If hairs be wires, black wires grow on her head. I have seen roses damasked, red and white, But no such roses see I in her cheeks; And in some perfumes is there more delight Than in the breath that from my mistress reeks. I love to hear her speak, yet well I know That music hath a far more pleasing sound; I grant I never saw a goddess go; My mistress, when...
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Page 52 - And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.
Page 203 - And David's anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, "As the Lord liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die. And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing and because he had no pity.
Page 52 - And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand.
Page 12 - O my dove, that art in the clefts of the rock, in the secret places of the stairs; let me see thy countenance, let me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely.
Page 71 - Zip-po'rah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin, and touched Moses' feet with it, and said, "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!

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