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Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael: A Cultural History of a Biblical Story

Colleen M. Conway

Abstract

Sex and Slaughter in the Tent of Jael traces the retelling of the biblical story from Judges 4–5 in ancient retellings of the Bible, visual art, poems, plays, and novels. The book shows how these cultural productions of an ancient biblical tradition intersect with broader conversations about the often conflicted, and sometimes violent, relationship between women and men. As the Jael and Sisera tradition moves from theological to secular settings, the significance of the story shifts from a celebration of an Israelite battle victory to an illustration of the battle between the sexes. Jael is re ... More

Keywords: Jael, Sisera, Judges 4–5, reception history, sex, gender, violence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190626877
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190626877.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Colleen M. Conway, author
Professor of Religion, Seton Hall University