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Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story
Conway, Colleen M.

New York: Oxford University Press, 2017 pp. xii + 213. $29.95


Description: In the Hebrew Bible, Judges 4-5 tells the lurid story of the heroic figure of Jael, the formidable woman who saves Israel from the Canaanite army by seducing their general, Sisera, and then nailing his head to the ground with a tent-peg. Once separated from its original theological context, the Jael and Sisera tradition transforms into a story about gender identity and conflict between the sexes. This gruesome tale has long intrigued scholars and artists alike, repeatedly and creatively building on its gendered themes.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Historical Books, Judges, Literature, Methods, Social-Scientific Approaches

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Review by Gregory Mobley
Published 9/14/2017
Citation: Gregory Mobley, review of Colleen M. Conway, Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2017).


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