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The Book of Hiding: Gender, Ethnicity, Annihilation, and Esther (Biblical Limits)

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"Timothy Beal's sensitive interpretation of the enchanting yet disturbing 'Book of Esther' is a gift to students and teachers of Scripture. Though the mystery of the 'hiding' remains intact, the character's emerge in a new light, weaving a story that responds to our need for enchantment."
-Elie Wiesel
"A must for all interested in the scroll of Esther, literary study of biblical narrative, and the many ways biblical studies and critical theory might engage each other."
-"Religious Studies Review

About the Author

Timothy K. Beal is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Eckerd College, Florida. He is the Chair of the Reading, Theory and the Bible section of the Society of Biblical Literature. He is co-editor, with David Gunn, of Reading Bibles, Writing Bodies: Identity and the Book (Routledge 1996).
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Product Details

  • Series: Biblical Limits
  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (December 13, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415167809
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415167802
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,415,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book was very useful for my purpose, which was writing a sermon. I took off points for the impenetrable acadamic writing "style," if you want to call it that. I checked to see if Beal had written a popular version of the same book, but nooo. I also thought he wandered a bit. But if you did at least an undergrad minor in Women's Studies you should have no trouble.
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By Jay on September 7, 2000
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I have had the privilege of being one of Prof. Beal's students at Eckerd College. We used this book as one of our textbooks for a course on biblical literature. Beal is a true feminist and an excellent biblical interpreter. His findings in this book show that the gender issues and other prejudices that plague our modern day society have their roots thousands of years before us. By using the book of Esther as his main source, Beal shows that a biblical book is capable of holding just as much injustice as others hold justice. I would recommend this book to any feminist, or anyone interested in fighting prejudices of any kind.
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Beal shows, in a sophisiticated and convincing way, that contemporary theories of gender and identity have there analogues in an ancient text. One will never read the book of Esther the same way again after reading this boook.
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