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The Women of Genesis: From Sarah to Potiphar's Wife

The Women of Genesis

From Sarah to Potiphar's Wife

Sharon Pace Jeansonne (Author)


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The women of Genesis 12-50 function as much more than ancillary characters to men. Through close attention to the literary features of the text, Jeansonne depicts Sarah, the daughters of Lot, Hagar, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah, Dinah, Tamar, and Potiphar's wife as integral persons who shaped Israel's destiny, revealed perspectives on God's involvement in the course of history, and portrayed human failure, freedom, and strength.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Format Paperback
  • ISBN 9780800624194
  • Dimensions 5.44 x 8.5
  • Pages 168
  • Publication Date April 1, 1990


"A masterpiece and an invaluable contribution to contemporary biblical scholarship. Jeansonne has employed a careful methodology with discipline; she has stood in dialogue with the best of modern research on Genesis, and she has produced a sensitive and provocative study of the Genesis women. There are insights in this book that are just brilliant!"
--Alice L. Laffey

Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sarah: Carrier of the Covenant
3. The Daughters of Lot: Victims of Their Father's Abuse
4. Hagar: Powerless Foreigner
5. Rebekah: The Decisive Matriarch
6. Rachel and Leah: Rival Daughters of a Manipulative Father
7. Dinah: The Fracturing of a Tenuous Peace in a Troubled Land
8. Tamar: The Woman Who Demanded Justice
9. Potiphar's Wife: The Stereotyped Temptress
Scripture Index