By Colleen M. Conway
"This ebook lines the retelling of the biblical tale from Judges 4-5 in historic retellings of the Bible, visible artwork, poems, performs, and novels. The books exhibits how those cultural productions of an previous biblical tale intersect with broader conversations in regards to the usually conflicted, and infrequently violent, courting among girls and men"--
summary: "This booklet strains the retelling of the biblical tale from Judges 4-5 in old retellings of the Bible, visible artwork, poems, performs, and novels. The books indicates how those cultural productions of an outdated biblical tale intersect with broader conversations concerning the frequently conflicted, and infrequently violent, courting among men and women"
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1). 23 Those familiar with Judges 4 might also wonder whether the reference to Barak’s manhood anticipates a less than manly response from him to Deborah’s command. But if any hint of the gender critique of Judges 4–5 is intended, it seems only for the point of rejecting this 35 Problem Solving in Ancient Retellings of Jael and Sisera 35 element of the biblical account. Not only is Barak’s objection not included in LAB, but the narrative shifts the focus to Sisera. As Deborah continues to report her vision, the audience gains insight into the Canaanite general’s motivations.
In the same way that it focuses on Judith’s guile, the book of Judith makes abundantly clear that her plan involves seduction. Whereas biblical scholars must read between the lines for sexual allusions in the stories of Jael and Sisera, the book of Judith makes clear the protagonist’s beauty and includes a detailed description of her bathing, dressing, and adorning herself for the meeting with Holofernes (Jdt. 4 As Judith prepares for and embarks on her calculated mission of seduction, all the men she encounters are easily bent to her will (Jdt.
He suggests that it is Sisera who violated the code in making particular demands on Jael to give him water and guard the door. 44 Others have suggested that Jael needed to defend herself against what would have certainly been a violent encounter with Sisera, or perhaps the pursuing Israelite army if she was found harboring the enemy. In the paintings, poems, plays, and novels that I examine in the following chapters, the morality of Jael is also a frequent theme. Perhaps not surprisingly, the more positive assessments of Jael typically come from representations of Jael by female authors and artists.