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From Eve to Esther: Rabbinic Reconstructions of Biblical Women (Gender and the Biblical Tradition) [Paperback]

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Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1995
Publisher   Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN  0664255426  
EAN  9780664255428  


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This is the first book-length attempt to focus on female biblical figures in the ancient rabbinic writings of midrash and Talmud. Primary rabbinic sources employed by the author bring new life and insight into the stories of Eve, Deborah, Hannah, Serah bat Asher, and others. As women and men today attempt to reevaluate past historical models, it serves us well to understand the values and inner workings of rabbinic thinking. The examination of what the sources actually say, and not what others would like them to have said, enable reinterpretation of women's role to proceed on an honest and authentic basis. Biblical women, reclaimed with contemporary midrash, can become paradigms for our modern lives.

Publishers Description
This is the first book-length attempt to examine the attitude of the ancient rabbis towards some of the most significant feminine figures in the Old Testament. It traces the biblical stories, examines their objectives and methods, and discusses how these original intentions were altered--sometimes beyond recognition--when the women discussed in them were subjected to the unique exegetical technique of midrash.The Gender and the Biblical Tradition series brings to a wide audience important new discoveries concerning women and the Bible, ancient Israel, and early Christianity. The books explore the role of sexuality within the biblical tradition and document the continuing influence of biblical treatments of gender on subsequent life and thought.

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Leila Leah Bronner currently resides in the state of California.

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Plenty of information  Aug 10, 2006
For the length of text this is, 186 pages, this text is packed with information about the interpretation of women characters in the Hebrew Bible in normative rabbinic Judaism. The book is structured around themes:

Modesty and Matrimony

Women and Torah Study

Women and Prayer

Daughters and Rapes

Harlots

Prophetesses

Key women from the Bible: Eve, Sarah, Rebeccah, Leah, Rachel, Rahab, Dinah, Tamar (both of them), Ruth, Deborah, Esther, Hannah, Hulda, and other unnamed women, such as Jephthah's daughter, are analyzed, first in their biblical context, then in the interpretations of them in the rabbinic tradition. The primary sources for the rabbinic tradition drawn upon, are Midrash Rabbah, Midrash Tanhuma, and Babylonian Talmud. Occasionally other sources are used as well, such as Ginzberg's Legends of the Jews, his monumental collection of Midrash, hellenistic sources outside the Jewish canon, like Philo and the aprocryphal Ben Sira.

The book is well footnoted. The citations are almost invariably to readily available English translations of the rabbinic materials.

The book is respectful of tradition and factual, rather than launching into polemic on the evils of patriarchy and setting out a revolutionary program to relegate traditional rabbinic Judaism to the dustbin of history in favor of a feminist revolutionary program. Instead, the information is presented in a way that allows the reader to come to their own conclusions.
 

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