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Biblical Seductions

Six Stories Retold Based on Talmud and Midrash

By Sandra E. Rappaport

Biblical Seductions retells six compelling stories in which women of the Bible become heroines as a direct result of their audacious acts. These stories are often skipped or censored because of their disturbing and provocative subject matter. First- and fiftieth-time readers alike will be mesmerized by this interweaving of Bible and legend which entertains, reflects and reproves. Through Rapoport's deft storytelling, readers revisit the story of Lot's daughters, who seduce their father in a mountain cave and bear his sons. The tale of Dinah, who is abducted and raped by Shechem, the local prince. The drama of Tamar, who disguises herself and seduces her father-in-law. The story of King David's lust for Batsheva, wife of his prized officer, and of the king's plot to murder her husband so he can wed her. The tragic account of Princess Tamar, Daughter of King David, who is lured, trapped and raped by her half-brother, Amnon, sparking vengeful fratricide and a civil war. Finally, readers encounter the Moabite widow, Ruth, who seduces Boaz, a tribal leader, and becomes great-grandmother of King David. In Rapoport's skilled hands these transformative stories become accessible and relevant, and the women in them unforgettable.


2011 National Jewish Book Award Finalist

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she grips readers with a continued storyline of the protagonists after the biblical text concludesReview by Publishers Weekly
In this well-researched and thorough tome, Rapoport, an attorney and author, examines the narratives relating to six women in the Bible who either seduced or were violated, and explores the history, culture, and rabbinic literature to find logical resolutions to readers' questions. . . In assessing the motives, emotions, and reactions to these couplings, Rapoport gleans evidence from modern and medieval biblical commentators, discussions in the Talmud, and stories in the Midrash, all of whom, like the author, were bothered by ambiguities and gaps in the text. She also offers her own thoughts and does a fine job of weighing every angle of the story to provide readable in-depth analyses, and she grips readers with a continued storyline of the protagonists after the biblical text concludes. . . . [I]s certain to please and become a source for students of biblical women's studies. (Posted on 6/2/2015)
Rapoport builds on midrash and classical commentaries to tell these biblical stories in full colorReview by Rabbi Gil Student, Torah Musings
Rapoport builds on midrash and classical commentaries to tell these biblical stories in full color, studying in detail the characters' motivations and feelings at each step. And where the classics still leave unanswered questions, Rapoport fills in the holes through modern literary analysis and creative storytelling. The result is a sensitive, penetrating analysis of biblical stories often overlooked. Rapoport's book is refreshing. Her writing is compelling and her questions are always important points around which to analyze the text. The book is simply indispensable for anyone studying these biblical stories.
(Posted on 6/2/2015)
Rapoport is dedicated to understanding the lives and deeds of the women of Hebrew ScriptureReview by Library Journal
Rapoport is dedicated to understanding the lives and deeds of the women of Hebrew Scripture. . . With the imagination of the novelist but the method of a teacher, Rapoport treats these women as real persons and wonders what motivated them and those around them, always finding a lesson for contemporary readers.
(Posted on 6/2/2015)

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Additional Info

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ISBN 978-160-280-154-7
Pages 672
SKU ktav2372
Publisher Ktav Publishing House