Sub­ver­sive Sequels in the Bible

Judy Klit­sner
  • Review
By – August 26, 2011
This new com­men­tary exhibits bib­li­cal schol­ar­ship at its finest. Judy Klit­sner has cho­sen six famil­iar sto­ries from the bible and, using crit­i­cal lit­er­ary tech­niques, delved deeply into the texts to explore the imagery, struc­ture, gram­mar, and con­text of these sto­ries both in rela­tion­ship to each oth­er and as sin­gle sto­ries. Klit­sner draws upon her many years as a stu­dent and teacher of bib­li­cal texts and as a stu­dent of the great Nehama Lei­bowitz. She demon­strates a lev­el of under­stand­ing and depth that will make us turn to the sto­ries once again to draw lessons for a mod­ern read­ing. She mines the Hebrew of the text for tra­di­tion­al and new read­ings. The result is a con­fir­ma­tion that the ancient sto­ries reflect the human­i­ty that endures in all of us regard­less of time or place. This book is an excel­lent com­pan­ion to week­ly Torah study to chal­lenge our think­ing and per­cep­tion of the char­ac­ters of the Bible. Sub­ver­sive Sequels in the Bible is the 2009 Nation­al Jew­ish Book Award win­ner in Scholarship.
Bar­bara Andrews holds a Mas­ters in Jew­ish Stud­ies from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go, has been an adult Jew­ish edu­ca­tion instruc­tor, and works in the cor­po­rate world as a pro­fes­sion­al adult educator.

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