From Eve to Esther: Rabbinic Reconstructions of  Biblical Women  -     By: Leila Bronner
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From Eve to Esther: Rabbinic Reconstructions of Biblical Women

Westminster John Knox Press / 1994 / Paperback

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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.

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Format: Paperback
Vendor: Westminster John Knox Press
Publication Date: 1994
ISBN: 0664255426
ISBN-13: 9780664255428

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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.

Author Bio

Leila Leah Bronner was formerly Professor of Bible and Religious Studies at Witwatersrand University in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is the author of a number of books, including Stories of Biblical Mothers: Maternal Power in the Hebrew Bible.

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