Delicious Prose: Reading the Tale of Tobit with Food and Drink: A Commentary
Jacobs, Naomi S. S.
Leiden: Brill, 2018 pp. xxii + 274. $114.00
Supplements to the Journal for the Study of Judaism, 188
Description: In Delicious Prose: Reading the Tale of Tobit with Food and Drink, Naomi S.S. Jacobs explores how the numerous references to food, drink, and their consumption within The Book of Tobit help tell its story, promote righteous deeds and encourage resistance against a hostile dominant culture. Jacobsí commentary includes up-to-date analyses of issues of translation, text-criticism, source criticism, redaction criticism, and issues of class and gender. Jacobs situates Tobit within a wide range of ancient writings sacred to Jews and Christians as well as writings and customs from the Ancient Near East, Ugarit, Greece, Rome, including a treasure trove of information about ancient foodways and medicine.
Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Old Testament Apocrypha, Tobit, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Social-Scientific Approaches, Ideological Critique
Review by Jordan D. Rosenblum
Citation: Jordan D. Rosenblum, review of Naomi S. S. Jacobs, Delicious Prose: Reading the Tale of Tobit with Food and Drink: A Commentary, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2019).
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