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A Gender Agenda: Deborah in Holy Writ and Handel

Deborah W. Rooke

in Handel's Israelite Oratorio Libretti: Sacred Drama and Biblical Exegesis

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199279289
eISBN:
9780191738050
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279289.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

The libretto of Deborah, written by Samuel Humphreys, manipulates the biblical story's gender ideology in order to present a compliment to the Hanoverian queen Caroline. In the biblical text, the ... More


Deborah and Jael

Melissa A. Jackson

in Comedy and Feminist Interpretation of the Hebrew Bible: A Subversive Collaboration

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199656776
eISBN:
9780191742170
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656776.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies, Judaism

Judges 4 introduces two women who become the story's comic ‘not heroes’: Deborah and Jael. Sexuality and violence are significant elements of the comedy of Judges 4. Sexual situations are not ... More


Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Colleen M. Conway

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael traces the retelling of the biblical story from Judges 4–5 in ancient retellings of the Bible, visual art, poems, plays, and novels. The book shows how these ... More


“Cursed Be He that Keepeth Back his Sword from Blood”: Deborah, Jeremiah, and Prophetic Violence

James P. Byrd

in Sacred Scripture, Sacred War: The Bible and the American Revolution

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199843497
eISBN:
9780199345380
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199843497.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, History of Christianity

Chapter 3 takes on biblical violence directly, focusing on bellicose judges and prophets. Here the focus is on the fascinating story of the Hebrew judge, Deborah, who waged war on God’s behalf, ... More


Multiple Journeys and Palimpsestic Diasporas

Rocío G. Davis

in Relative Histories: Mediating History in Asian American Family Memoirs

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824834586
eISBN:
9780824870485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824834586.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

This chapter examines three family memoirs that illustrate the experience of travel and displacement within Asia in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries: Jael Silliman's Jewish Portraits, ... More


: Woman of Flames or Inflammatory Woman?

Joy A. Schroeder

in Deborah's Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199991044
eISBN:
9780199359615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199991044.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter introduces the text of Judges 4–5, lifting out elements of the story that seized the attention and provoked the anxieties of Christian and Jewish interpreters for two millennia: ... More


A Fiery Woman: Deborah in the Twentieth and Early Twenty-First Centuries

Joy A. Schroeder

in Deborah's Daughters: Gender Politics and Biblical Interpretation

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199991044
eISBN:
9780199359615
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199991044.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Twentieth-century suffragists argued that Barak and Deborah’s political partnership represented equality of the sexes. Regina Jonas, ordained in 1935, was the first of many female rabbis using ... More


Introduction: A Cultural History of Jael and Sisera

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter introduces the subject of the book, the story of Jael and Sisera from the biblical book of Judges (4–5). It takes up questions and critiques directed at the biblical reception history ... More


Ancient Stories of Jael and Sisera: The Biblical Versions

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter critically examines the two versions of the Jael and Sisera tradition found in Judges 4 and 5. It argues that the poetic account and the prose account offer two different accounts of the ... More


Problem Solving in Ancient Retellings of Jael and Sisera

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter explores three ancient retellings of the Jael and Sisera tradition: The book of Judith, and the tradition as it appears in Josephus’s Antiquities of the Jews and the anonymous Liber ... More


From Allegory to Morality: Jael and Sisera Go Public

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter begins with discussion of allegorical interpretations of Jael and Sisera in the context of the medieval church. There Jael functions as a type of Mary, with her tent peg prefiguring the ... More


Painting Jael and Sisera in the Renaissance

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter examines Renaissance paintings of Jael and Sisera. It takes a different approach to “reading” art in relation to the Bible, arguing that most artists did not likely offer their own close ... More


Motives for Murder in Nineteenth- and Early-Twentieth-Century Cultural Performances of Jael and Sisera

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter offers analyses of representations of Jael and Sisera in several works from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Beginning with examination of earlier allusions to the Jael ... More


Jael Rides the Second Wave of Feminism

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter offers detailed analyses of three second wave feminist novels: Johanna Russ’s The Female Man, Aritha van Herk’s The Tent Peg, and Sara Maitland’s Daughter of Jerusalem. All three ... More


Gender and Cultural Memory in A. S. Byatt’s “Jael”

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter analyzes A. S. Byatt’s short story “Jael,” from her collection Elementals: Stories of Fire and Ice. The story evokes the Jael-Sisera tradition to develop several themes including the ... More


Old Tales in New Forms: Reflections on a Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Colleen M. Conway

in Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190626877
eISBN:
9780190626907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.003.0009
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

The chapter highlights the main trajectories of the book by tracing the movement of Jael and Sisera from ancient Israel to contemporary queer theory. It also explores the use relationship of story to ... More


Heroic Bodies in Judges

Brian R. Doak

in Heroic Bodies in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190650872
eISBN:
9780190650902
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190650872.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Chapter 3 reads the images of heroic bodies in the book of Judges on a number of levels, organized around an argument by the anthropologist Mary Douglas: “the social body constrains the way the ... More


Pharaoh’s Midwife Crisis

Keith Bodner

in An Ark on the Nile: Beginning of the Book of Exodus

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780198784074
eISBN:
9780191826672
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198784074.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

Thwarted in his efforts to reduce the Israelite population, the new king of Egypt adopts a different tactic: he summons the midwives and orders that they kill every male infant born to the ... More


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