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Daughter Zion Talks Back to the Prophets: A Dialogic Theology of the Book of Lamentations
Mandolfo, Carleen R.

Atlanta/Leiden: Society of Biblical Literature/Brill, 2007 pp. x + 149. $24.95/$107.00

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Description: Daughter Zion Talks Back to the Prophets offers a new theological reading of the book of Lamentations by putting the female voice of chapters 1–2 into dialogue with the divine voice of prophetic texts in which God represents the people Israel as his wife and indicts them/her for being unfaithful to him. In Lamentations 1–2 we hear the “wife” talk back, and from her words we get an entirely different picture of the conflict showcased through this marriage metaphor. Mandolfo thus presents a feminist challenge to biblical hegemony and patriarchy and reconstrues biblical authority to contribute to the theological concerns of a postcolonial world.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Writings, Lamentations, Literature

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Review by Elizabeth Boase
Published 5/31/2008
Citation: Elizabeth Boase, review of Carleen R. Mandolfo, Daughter Zion Talks Back to the Prophets: A Dialogic Theology of the Book of Lamentations, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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