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Fathers, sons, and mothers take center stage in the Bible’s 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.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. pp. C-C
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Ideal and Dangerous Sisters in the Bible
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Part I: Sister Pairs
  2. pp. 17-18
  1. 1: Rachel and Leah
  2. pp. 19-36
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  1. 2: Michal and Merav
  2. pp. 37-52
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  1. 3:Israel and Judah
  2. pp. 53-68
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  1. Part II: Incestuous Sisters
  2. pp. 69-70
  1. 4: Lot’s Daughters
  2. pp. 71-86
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  1. 5: Sarah
  2. pp. 87-100
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  1. 6: Tamar
  2. pp. 101-116
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  1. Part III: Sisterhoods
  2. pp. 117-118
  1. 7: The Daughters of Adam, Moab, theLand, and Israel
  2. pp. 119-140
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  1. 8: The Daughters of Jerusalem
  2. pp. 141-156
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  1. 9: Ruth and Naomi
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. 10: Conclusion
  2. pp. 175-186
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. Index of Names and Subjects
  2. pp. 195-204
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  1. Index of Biblical References
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. BC-BC
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