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I Am . . .: Biblical Women Tell Their Own Stories

I Am . . .

Biblical Women Tell Their Own Stories

Athalya Brenner (Author)


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Athalya Brenner presents fictionalized "autobiographies" of a dozen women and women groups in the Hebrew Bible, and also lets them share a conversation session. This allows her to include how these women have been interpreted — not only in the Bible itself, but also in Jewish and Christian traditions and by modern commentators. The result is a thoroughly engaging and insightful look at women, from a leading biblical interpreter who has a very creative edge to all her work.
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800636654
  • Format Paperback
  • Dimensions 5.5 x 8.5
  • Pages 248
  • Publication Date November 3, 2004


''Brenner gives voice to many of the otherwise almost-voiceless female characters of the Hebrew Bible, and she allows them to speak in their own voices.... The book draws on Brenner's own impressive expertise as well as a broad range of traditional scholarship. To these she adds imagination and creativity and by so doing takes feminist biblical scholarship to a new level. Brenner's work is courageous, insightful, and provocative.''
— Alice L. Laffey, author of An Introduction to the Old Testament: A Feminist Perspective

''Disturbed by the paradox of re-creating biblical points of view through twenty-first century perspectives, Athalya Brenner has given voice—without that pretense—to biblical women. The result is widely and wildly informative, entertaining, audacious, and, yes, academic: a multifaceted pleasure to read.''
— Lillian R. Klein, author of From Deborah to Esther: Sexual Politics in the Hebrew Bible

Table of Contents

    Introduction: Prior to Touchdown

  1. War, Culture, Wives-Mothers From A to Z: We are Adah and Zillah
  2. I am The Twelfth Sheep: Dinah
  3. Lust is my Middle Name, I Have no other: Potiphar's wife
  4. I am the Bird Woman: Zipporah
  5. I am Rahab, the broad
  6. The Three of us: Ruth, Naomi, Orpah
  7. I am the Glow: Ritzpah daughter of Ayah
  8. A Double Date: We are Tamar and Tamar
  9. My Sons the Generals: I am Zeruiah sister of David
  10. I am the Rat: Huldah the prophet
  11. Love me tender, love me true: I am an anonymous woman from the Song of Songs
  12. I am the Convener
  13. Goodbye