From Library Journal
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"For those readers . . . dissatisfied with the deconstructions and reconstructions of the higher criticism, but uneasy with traditional apologetics . . ." -- William W. Hallo, The William M. Laffan Professor of Assyriology and Babylonian Literature, Yale University
"Pamela Tamarkin Reis guides the reader through a series of biblical stories, with expert analysis, in elegant yet simple prose." -- Gary A. Rendsburg, Paul and Berthe Hendrix Memorial Professor of Jewish Studies, Cornell University
"This book is a pure delight! Pamela Tamarkin Reis guides the reader through a series of biblical stories, with expert analysis, in elegant yet simple prose, devoid of scholarly jargon, and with personal aplomb. Her lively and original interpretations are exemplars of literary exegesis. And there is a bonus: the prefatory comments to each chapter detail Ms. Reis's approach to the Bible, describe her odyssey through the maze of biblical research, and tell how she arrived at her interpretations--what she was doing when such and such thought occurred to her, what she was reading when, how she went to the library to look up a source, which took her to another source, and so on. These are not the usual thoughts that one encounters in scholarly writing and in literary analysis, but they add immensely to the present work, allowing the reader to trace the genesis and development of an independent idea and to see the mind of the scholar at work."--Gary A. Rendsburg, Paul and Berthe Hendrix Memorial Professor of Jewish Studies, Cornell University
"Some readers may be drawn to this title by the novelty associated with its authorship: Tamarkin is a first-time author at the age of 67 and not a professional in religious studies. Nevertheless, she is a sincere student of the Hebrew Bible, and her thoughtful essays compare well to any professional work being done in the field now. Her 'fresh look' consists of applying common sense, in addition to fashionable methodologies, to the creation stories, the story of Hagar, and other tales and traditions of the Hebrew Bible. Tamarkin's reasoning is consistently intriguing, and she writes with great effectiveness and charm. Highly recommended, especially where scholarly interest in Hebrew and Christian Scriptures is strong."
"Bold and cantankerous, fresh and lively...[Reis] is not afraid to tip the sacred cows,...arguing...for more literary cohesion in the Hebrew Bible than most scholars have allowed. She also thinks that feminist scholars have overlooked the complexity of the Bible's women characters by ignoring their very interesting flaws....Sharp and witty observations on the Bible."
--Publishers Weekly -- Review