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Sarah the Priestess: The First Matriarch Of Genesis Paperback – July 15, 1984
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As a lay scholar I have tried to find the underlying meaning behind the actions of the matriarchs in the bible. I was tired of hearing all the criticisims of Sarah, Rebecca, Rachael, Lea and the daughters of Lot. The answers I was seeking to find were to be found in the ancient practices of the goddess. Once the author takes us through the life of Sarah and Rebecca the rest fall into place as a consistent theme in the lives of women trying to preserve their own religious conviction during a time of religious change and unheaval.
If you want to get past the archaic patriarchial attitude of bible interpretation and explore the more ancient pre-biblical practices of the early forefathers and mothers of the faith, dare to read this book!
This is not a "waving the hands" book where a matriarchal past is invented because the author likes the idea. Instead, Teubal unravels the text of Genesis into several strands and analyzes each strand scrupulously, using her knowledge of inheritance laws and parallel religious customs in the lands Sarah and Abraham came from. The results are riveting. She finds parallels between Sarah's life and the lives of Babylonian priestesses from Ur (Abraham and Sarah's hometown). Based on this, Teubal postulates that Sarah may have been a priestess, although there isn't even a word for a woman in this role in Hebrew -- yet the otherwise puzzling story falls into place when looked at from this perspective.
Another tidbit: Teubal points out that the Bible, usually described as the story of Abraham's descendents, is more accurately the story of Sarah's descendants. This is because Abraham had other descendants through Hagar and Keturah, yet the Bible doesn't follow their stories through the generations, as it does the stories of Sarah's descendants. This indicates something of Sarah's original importance.
As previous reviewers have said, Teubal's hypothesis gives the Genesis story a whole new meaning. Although it's written so technically and with scholarly attention to documentation, the cumulative effect of the book is exciting! It's far more radical than "The Red Tent," and also more convincing because it's based on real knowledge rather than fantasy. Teubal's scholarly technique makes the book.
I suggest you do the same.
I found her to be interesting and more than a little adventurous and not flaky, which Is what I expected.
I have had a long time feeling that the "Church" has done a great deal to manufacture a Patriarchal Society to the detriment of women. This book confirms that I am not the only person who thinks so.
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An unusual teaching with excellent research behind it.
Very valuable insights
Great book based on good theories. The information is helpful for all those individuals involved in Women's Studies and Ancient Women's history.Published on October 11, 2013 by B Tata
this book was great, it help me unstand the stories in the BIBLE and the way women were treated back then.