Shimmering with gold and rich color, Debra Band’s illuminated paintings present three biblical stories of women who stood up at crucial moments to take actions that not only preserved the nascent nation of Israel but also shaped its character. Interpreting the tales through imagery drawn from Jewish lore, academic bible studies, archaeology, and science, Band offers an aesthetically luscious and intellectually vibrant visual midrash of these three women’s tales of the Hebrew Bible and compelling explanations of the symbolism and meaning of each painting. Literary commentary by renowned scholar of Hebrew literature, Arnold J. Band, helps readers fully enjoy the skill of the biblical authors.
This glowing volume offers not only pure enjoyment, but also a superb source for biblical text study and chanting. Arise! Arise! Deborah, Ruth and Hannah makes an unforgettable gift for the bat mitzvah, weddings and countless celebrations…or just for one’s own pleasure.