Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible Paperback

by Amy Kalmanofsky;

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Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible

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Fathers, sons, and mothers take center stage in the Bible's grand narratives, Amy Kalmanofsky observes. Sisters and sisterhood receive less attention in scholarship but, she argues, play an important role in narratives, revealing anxieties related to desire, agency, and solidarity among women playing out (and playing against) their roles in a patrilineal society. Most often, she shows, sisters are destabilizing figures in narratives about family crisis, where property, patrimony, and the resilience of community boundaries are at risk. Kalmanofsky discusses the "ideal sister" (represented by Miriam and by Rebecca), sister pairs (Rachel and Leah; Michal and Merav; Israel and Judah), incestuous sisters (Lot's daughters; Abraham's representation of Sarah; Tamar, victim of her brother's rape), and the dynamics of sisterhoods, including the daughters of Adam, Moab, the Land, Israel, Jerusalem, and at last the sisterly solidarity of Ruth and Naomi. In all these narratives, Kalmanofsky demonstrates, the particular role of sisters had important narrative effects, revealing previously underappreciated dynamics in Israelite society.

Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible by Amy Kalmanofsky was published by Fortress Press,U.S. in January 2014. The ISBN for Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible is 9781451469950.

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Details for Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible

Page last updated 4th December 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherFortress Press,U.S. (January 2014)
Number of Pages176
Thickness15 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4260278
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