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Mourner, Mother, Midwife: Reimagining God's Delivering Presence in the Old Testament
Claassens, L. Juliana M.

Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2012 pp. x + 126. $25.00


Description: Traditional understandings of God as deliverer depict God as a mighty liberator-warrior and wrathful avenger. Juliana Claassens explores alternative Old Testament metaphors that portray God as mourner, mother, and midwife—images that resist the violence and bloodshed associated with the dominant warrior imagery. Claassens discusses how metaphors of God as life giver began to develop in the aftermath of the trauma of Israelite exile. She offers compelling examples of how this feminine imagery still has the power to inspire hope amidst violence in today's world. She demonstrates that God's delivering presence helps people of faith cope with trauma and suffering on many levels—individual, community, national, and global—while bringing forth new life out of death and destruction.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches

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Review by Tim Bulkeley
Published 12/17/2013
Citation: Tim Bulkeley, review of L. Juliana M. Claassens, Mourner, Mother, Midwife: Reimagining God's Delivering Presence in the Old Testament, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2013).


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