By David J. A. Clines, Ellen Van Wolde
This quantity honours the special contribution to Hebrew Bible reports over 4 a long time through Cheryl Exum, Professor Emerita of bible study within the college of Sheffield. Her specific pursuits have lain, first, within the glossy literary feedback of the Hebrew Bible, the place her key paintings was once Tragedy and Biblical Narrative: Arrows of the Almighty. Asecond sector has been feminist feedback of the Hebrew Bible; right here her outstanding contributions have been Fragmented girls: Feminist (Sub)versions of Biblical Narratives and Plotted, Shot, and Painted: Cultural Representations of Biblical ladies. a more moderen, and now nearly favorite, subject is the Bible and cultural reviews, specifically the Bible and paintings. Key works right here were a sequence of edited volumes, resembling past the Biblical Horizon: The Bible and the humanities, and The Bible in movie / The Bible and movie. Her fourth sector of continuous curiosity has been the music of Songs, with many articles culminating in her perceptive statement within the previous testomony Library sequence. during this wealthy quantity, 25 of her neighbors and co-workers supply her papers on these types of topics. numerous are on or round the track of Songs (Graeme Auld, Fiona Black, David Clines, Sara Japhet, Martti Nissinen, Yair Zakovitch), and themes of feminist curiosity (Yairah Amit, Athalya Brenner, Claudia Camp, Hugh Pyper, Jack Sasson). Cultural reports are represented via Alice Bach, Hans Barstad, Andrew Davies, David Gunn, Martin O'Kane, John Sawyer and Ellen van Wolde, and literary feedback via Michael Fox, Edwin sturdy, Norman Gottwald, Edward Greenstein, Francis Landy, Burke lengthy and Hugh Williamson.
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David rejected her contempt of his enthusiastic dancing in sight of the women; and, now again in his house and his power, Michal remained childless till her death. The daughter of Saul was to produce no claimant to her father’s throne. These retellings of Michal’s role in the developing story of David are doubly unique within Samuel. As the only woman at all in the oldest version, it follows that only her depiction could be developed over all the rewritings of the book (like those of David and Saul and Jonathan and Joab).
In English we often talk of ‘fattening up’ a recuperating patient; and when David ‘did not take nourishment’ (2 Sam. 17), what we actually read is not the expected l’ brh but l’ br’. And yet, important though the nourishment itself may be, what is said about this special food is set in a striking narrative frame of Tamar ‘coming’ to Amnon, of her preparing food ‘for his eyes’, and of his ‘seeing and eating from her own hand’. Plainly the hoped-for ‘messenger’ will herself be no less important than her ‘message’.
AMIT Hidden Polemics in the Story of Judah and Tamar 17 the story of Judah and Tamar does not reflect a total ignoring of David, and its author planted hints throughout, which indicate that all hope was not lost. The book of Chronicles is testimony to the meaning and effect of this hope. 5. Summary There are three advantages that accrue to the exposure of the hidden polemics in the story of Judah and Tamar. The first is the revelation of the poetics of the story in particular, and of biblical narrative in general.
A Critical Engagement: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honour of J. Cheryl Exum by David J. A. Clines, Ellen Van Wolde