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Searching for Sarah in the Second Temple Era Images in the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the Genesis Apocryphon, and the Antiquities

by Joseph (Brite Divinity School, USA) McDonald

Part of the Scriptural Traces Series

Searching for Sarah in the Second Temple Era Images in the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the Genesis Apocryphon, and the Antiquities Synopsis

Seeking to build upon recent scholarship based on Biblical women, Joseph McDonald uses a character-centered literary approach to read the story of Sarah as it was told and retold in the Second Temple period. McDonald offers an alternative to the usual approaches to rewritten Bible narratives, which often emphasize near-context, synoptic comparison of retold stories and their scriptural precursors, arguing that examination of retold narratives as narratives reveals important aspects of their internal literary effects, that may otherwise go unnoticed. Taken together, McDonald suggests that such readings reveal one of Sarah's trans-narrative or deep traits, as a curious, multi-faceted resemblance to the character of Abraham. The richness of her images, however, shows that this resemblance is not the ultimate distillation of Sarah, but a symptom of the kind of restriction that she consistently faces in this literature. McDonald concludes that creative readings of the narratives featuring Sarah in the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint, the Genesis Apocryphon, and the Jewish Antiquities of Josephus illuminate Sarah as a complex and sometimes contradictory figure, whose individuality and agency often struggle to escape limitations placed upon her - both by other characters, such as Abraham and God, and by the narrators of her tales.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780567689122
Publication date: 20th February 2020
Author: Joseph (Brite Divinity School, USA) McDonald
Publisher: T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 288 pages
Categories: Biblical studies & exegesis,

About Joseph (Brite Divinity School, USA) McDonald

Joseph McDonald is Adjunct Instructor at Texas Christian University and Brite Divinity School, USA.

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