A fresh look at familiar stories, by a master Bible teacher
Judy Klitsner pairs biblical stories to show how a later text will often comment on, or even subvert, an earlier one. The author draws on her fluent command of Hebrew commentary and her broad reading of ancient and modern exegesis, and creates a rare dialogue between feminist and traditional Bible commentary. Using the method of parshanut (interpretation) and her own unique approach to literary biblical criticism, Klitsner draws bold, surprising parallels between biblical passages, revealing previously unexcavated layers of meaning. The result is a series of fresh and original readings of familiar narratives, accessible to both novice and experienced readers of the Bible.
In each chapter, Klitsner's unique methodology illustrates the changing and often progressive nature of biblical attitudes on issues of ongoing relevance to the modern human experience: the individual's relationship to God, gender relations, and the notion of the self.