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Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature
Tamber-Rosenau, Caryn

Piscataway, NJ: Gorgias, 2018 pp. viii + 284. $66.50

Series Information
Biblical Intersections, 16

Description: From Jaelís tent peg to Judithís sword, biblical interpreters have long recognized the power of the "lethal women" stories of the Hebrew Bible and related literature. The tales of Jael and Judith, female characters who assassinate enemy commanders, have fascinated artists, writers, and scholars for centuries, no doubt partly because of the gender of the characters doing the killing. Tamber-Rosenau presents the first systematic study, both text-centered and deeply engaged with a variety of queer-theoretical frameworks, of the motif of the woman-turned-warrior in ancient Jewish literature. Through analysis from queer-theoretical perspectives and comparison with Ancient Near Eastern and Greco-Roman literature, Women in Drag shines new light on three strong female characters from the Hebrew Bible and the early days of Jewish literature.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Judith, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Ancient Near Eastern History, History of Judaism, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Gay/Lesbian Approaches

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Review by Madadh Richey
Published 2/6/2020
Citation: Madadh Richey, review of Caryn Tamber-Rosenau, Women in Drag: Gender and Performance in the Hebrew Bible and Early Jewish Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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