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Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives
Yamada, Frank

New York: Peter Lang, 2008 pp. xiv + 164. $63.95

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Studies in Biblical Literature, 109

Description: In Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible, Frank M. Yamada explores the compelling similarity among three rape narratives found in the Hebrew Scriptures. These three storiesóthe rape of Dinah (Genesis 34), the rape of an unnamed concubine (Judges 19), and the rape of Tamar, daughter of David (2 Samuel 13)ómove through the same plot progression: an initial sexual violation of a woman leads to escalating violence among men, resulting in some form of social fragmentation. In this intriguing study, Yamada draws from the disciplines of literary and narrative criticism, feminist biblical interpretation, and cultural anthropology to argue for a family resemblance among these three stories about rape.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches

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Review by Susanne Scholz
Published 9/19/2009
Citation: Susanne Scholz, review of Frank Yamada, Configurations of Rape in the Hebrew Bible: A Literary Analysis of Three Rape Narratives, Review of Biblical Literature [] (2009).

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