"On Her Account" Hardback

Reconfiguring Israel in Ruth, Esther and Judith

by Anne-Mareike Wetter;


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"On Her Account"

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Anne-Mareike Wetter investigates how the books of Ruth, Esther and Judith contribute to the discussion about Israel's ethnic and religious identity in the formative period following the Babylonian Exile. Although each of these narratives deals with variations of the theme of survival in a hostile world, the question underlying them is a different one: "Who are we, and who is our 'other'?" The narratives are presented as sequels to Israel's history as put forward in other (now biblical) texts, and presuppose God's continuing involvement with his people. However, they subtly modify the way in which Israel can or should relate to her God by suggesting alternatives for official Temple worship or bypassing the latter altogether. While older prophetic texts make use of metaphoric language portraying Israel as YHWH's unfaithful wife, grieving widow, or ravaged virgin, Ruth, Esther and Judith can be construed as embodiments of Israel of a different kind. Wetter argues for a revisioning of Israel in and through the bodies of the three female characters, as a community which is simultaneously vulnerable and inviolable, marginalized and empowered.
Their tricksterism, in all its comicality, underlines the precarious situation in which the women and the community they represent are caught. Yet it also has the power to both defeat threats from outside and amend Israel's self-perception on the inside. Israel no longer has to perceive of itself as a battered wife but as one who can deploy her qualities - seductive and otherwise - for the survival of the community.

"On Her Account" by Anne-Mareike Wetter was published by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC in October 2015. The ISBN for "On Her Account" is 9780567664297.

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Page last updated 27th November 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing PLC (October 2015)
Weight493g
Number of Pages304
Thickness18 mm
Height234 mm
Width156 mm
ISBN9780567664297
ISBN-100567664295
Product Code4332874
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