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Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible
Kalmanofsky, Amy

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2014 pp. viii+ 208. $24.00



Description: Fathers, sons, and mothers take center stage in the Bibleís grand narratives, Amy Kalmanofsky observes. Sisters and sisterhood receive less attention in scholarship but, she argues, play an important role in narratives, revealing anxieties related to desire, agency, and solidarity among women playing out (and playing against) their roles in a patrilineal society. Most often, she shows, sisters are destabilizing figures in narratives about family crisis, where property, patrimony, and the resilience of community boundaries are at risk. Kalmanofsky demonstrates that the particular role of sisters had important narrative effects, revealing previously underappreciated dynamics in Israelite society.

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

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Review by Glenn Pemberton
Published 6/1/2015
Citation: Glenn Pemberton, review of Amy Kalmanofsky, Dangerous Sisters of the Hebrew Bible, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2015).


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