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Power and Marginality in the Abraham Narrative
Gossai, Hemchand

Eugene, Ore.: Pickwick, 2010 pp. 168. $19.00

Series Information
Princeton Theological Monograph Series


Description: Who will speak for Hagar or Isaac or Sarah or the daughters of Lot? With an interpretive trajectory that moves from the margin to the center, this book gives voice to the marginalized and voiceless in the Abraham Narratives. Further, this approach is based on the premise that there is a continuum of power in the various characters in these narratives and that the most powerful are those who are lodged at the center while those with the least power are on the margin or beyond. The intent of this study is to direct and perhaps re-direct our attention to the text and with fresh eyes seek a sometimes radical realignment of roles and power. It is true that many of the characters focused on in this book are women. This is not, however, only a book about women, though clearly women are the principal characters on the margin.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Genesis, Literature

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Review by Thomas Hieke
Published 12/29/2011
Citation: Thomas Hieke, review of Hemchand Gossai, Power and Marginality in the Abraham Narrative, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2011).


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