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Daring, Disreputable and Devout

Dan W Clanton

Daring, Disreputable and Devout

Dan W Clanton

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Stories of women in the Bible have been interpreted by artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and biblical commentators for centuries. However, in many cases, these later interpreters have often adapted and altered the Bible to fit their own view(s) of the stories. Ironically, these later renderings usually serve as the basis for the generally accepted view(s) of biblical women. For example, many readers of the Bible assume that Eve is to blame for the disobedient act in the Garden of Eden, or that Delilah seduced Samson and then cut his hair. A closer look at these assumptions, though, reveals that they are not based on the Bible, but are mediated through the creations of later interpreters.

^ ^In this book, the author examines eight such women's stories, and shows how later readers interact with the biblical stories to construct sometimes fanciful, sometimes faulty views of these women. Dan Clanton, Jr. broadens our awareness of the influence of these later readings on how we understand biblical women so that we can be more critical in our engagement with them, and become more familiar with what the Bible actually says about the women whose stories it contains.



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About "Daring, Disreputable and Devout"

Stories of women in the Bible have been interpreted by artists, writers, musicians, filmmakers, and biblical commentators for centuries. However, in many cases, these later interpreters have often adapted and altered the Bible to fit their own view(s) of the stories. Ironically, these later renderings usually serve as the basis for the generally accepted view(s) of biblical women. For example, many readers of the Bible assume that Eve is to blame for the disobedient act in the Garden of Eden, or that Delilah seduced Samson and then cut his hair. A closer look at these assumptions, though, reveals that they are not based on the Bible, but are mediated through the creations of later interpreters.

^ ^In this book, the author examines eight such women's stories, and shows how later readers interact with the biblical stories to construct sometimes fanciful, sometimes faulty views of these women. Dan Clanton, Jr. broadens our awareness of the influence of these later readings on how we understand biblical women so that we can be more critical in our engagement with them, and become more familiar with what the Bible actually says about the women whose stories it contains.


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Meet the Author

Dan W Clanton

Dan W. Clanton, Jr. (Ph.D., University of Denver and the Iliff School of Theology) is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Doane College. His publications include The Good, the Bold, and the Beautiful: The Story of Susanna and Its Renaissance Interpretations; Teaching the Bible through Popular Culture and the Arts and Daring, Disreputable, and Devout: How Biblical Women Have Been Portrayed in the Arts and Popular Culture.
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Table Of Contents

  • I. Introduction; Ii. "a Hard Headed Woman"? Eve In The Hebrew Bible And Later Interpretations; Iii. "two Fires Burning": Sarah & Hagar, Art & Interpretation; Iv. "love Served My Purpose": Camille Saint-saens' Samson Et Dalila; V. Trollops And Temptresses: Delilah(s) In 20th Century Popular Music; Vi. "gee Baby Ain't I Good To You": Unreturned And Empty Love In The Book Of Ruth; Vii. "if I Perish, I Perish": Esthers In Film; Viii. "judy In Disguise": D.w. Griffith's Judith Of Bethulia; Xi. "susie-q, Baby I Love You": Susanna, Spiritual Songs, And Opera; X. Conclusion.

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  • Catalogue Code 288708
  • Product Code 9780567027016
  • ISBN 0567027015
  • EAN 9780567027016
  • Pages 208
  • Department Academic
  • Category Biblical Studies
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Bloomsbury T&t Clark
  • Publication Date Jun 2009
  • Sales Rank #47652
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 13 mm
  • Weight 0.340kg

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