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Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children
Kirk-Duggan, Cheryl A. and Tina Pippin, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2009 pp. x + 232. $30.95

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Description: Who are the mothers in the biblical text? What do they do? What kinds of power do they have? Issues of identity, authority, violence, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, sexual exploitation and rape-marriage, murder, and relation to God have haunted the characters and representations of motherhood from Eve to Mary and beyond. For better or for worse, these images speak potent messages even today. To explore biblical mothers and their relationships with their daughters and sons, the contributors to this volume participate in a comparative analysis between biblical mothers and mothers in popular media, history, literature, and the arts. The diversity of methods they employ prompts a rich discussion on the deconstruction of motherhood, offering new ways of envisioning both biblical and contemporary motherhood. The contributors are Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan and Tina Pippin, Madeline McClenney-Sadler, Wil Gafney, Brian Britt, Frank M. Yamada, Mignon R. Jacobs, Linda S. Schering, Mark Roncace and Deborah Whitehead, Andrew M. Mbuvi, Stephanie Buckhanon Crowder, Brenda Wallace, Margaret Aymer, Tat-siong Benny Liew, and Alison Jasper.

Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches

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Review by Melanie Howard
Published 5/15/2012
Citation: Melanie Howard, review of Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan and Tina Pippin, eds., Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


Review by Vicki Phillips
Published 9/18/2012
Citation: Vicki Phillips, review of Cheryl A. Kirk-Duggan and Tina Pippin, eds., Mother Goose, Mother Jones, Mommie Dearest: Biblical Mothers and Their Children, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2012).


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