Item description for From Eve to Esther: Rabbinic Reconstructions of Biblical Women (Gender and the Biblical Tradition) by Leila Leah Bronner...
Overview The first book-length attempt to map the attitude of the ancient rabbis to some of the most signficant feminine figures in the Old Testament, From Esther to Eve traces the biblical stories, their objectives and methods, and then 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.
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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Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.63" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jan 1, 1995
Publisher Westminster John Knox Press
Series Gender And The Biblical Traditio
ISBN 0664255426 ISBN13 9780664255428
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More About Leila Leah Bronner
Leila Leah Bronner, Ph.D., formerly Professor of Bible and Religious Studies at Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg, South Africa, has also been associated with various American universities.
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
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.