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Telling Queen Michal's Story: An Experiment in Comparative Interpretation
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Telling Queen Michal's Story: An Experiment in Comparative Interpretation

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JSOT Press 1991

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This book, an anthology of both previously published and new and original writing about Michal, is something of an experiment. Its purpose is to provide readers with raw materials for developing their own reading of the Michal story. It does not offer a unified portrait of this biblical character; rather, it invites readers to interactively form their own assessment. At the same time, the book presents systematic guidance for coping with divergent interpretations of Michal’s complexity as a figure.

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Key Features

  • Comment by the editor
  • Indexes and bibliographies to guide research
  • Notes and cross-references


  • “Michal Observed: An Introduction to Reading her Story” by David J. A. Clines
  • “Characterization and the Art of Reticence” by Robert Alter
  • “The Legal Background to the Restoration of Michal to David” by Zafrira Ben-Barek
  • “Characterization in Biblical Narrative: David’s Wives” by Adele Berlin
  • “Michal in the Books of Samuel” by W. G. Blaikie
  • “The Fortune of King David/The Fate of Queen Michal: A Literary Critical Analysis of 2 Samuel 1–8” by Richard G. Bowman
  • “2 Samuel 6” by Walter Brueggemann
  • “X, X ben Y, ben Y: Personal Names in Hebrew Narrative Style” by David J. A. Clines
  • “The Story of Michal, Wife of David, in its Sequential Unfolding” by David J. A. Clines
  • “King Saul’s Daughter—David’s First Wife” by Edith Deen
  • “The Grace of God” by Robert C. Ehle
  • “Michal in Hebrew Sources, " Tamara Cohn Eskenazi
  • “Michal” by W. Ewing and J. E. H. Thomson
  • “Murder They Wrote: Ideology and the Manipulation of Female Presence in Biblical Narrative” by J. Cheryl Exum
  • “Michal bat Shaul” by Shoshanna Gershenzon
  • “The Family of David” by Louis Ginzberg
  • “Michal” by D. Harvey
  • “Michal” by G. P. Hugenberger
  • “Michal: A Vessel for the Desires of Others” by Abbey Poze Kapelovitz
  • “Michal” by Abraham Kuyper
  • “Michal: The Woman who Tricked her Father” by Herbert H. Lockyer
  • “Michal” by Norah Lofts
  • “Michal and her Sisters” by Peter D. Miscall
  • “A Multivoiced Look at the Michal Narratives” by Robert Polzin
  • “Three Wives” by Maurice Samuel
  • “The Princess and the Shepherd” by Adin Steinsaltz
  • “Michal” by N. J. D. White
  • “Michal, Saul’s Daughter" Alexander Whyte

Product Details

  • Title: Telling Queen Michal’s Story: An Experiment in Comparative Interpretation
  • Editors: David J. A. Clines and Tamara Cohn Eskenazi
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic
  • Publication Date: 1991
  • Pages: 295

About the Editors

David J. A. Clines is emeritus professor of Biblical Studies and a past Biblical Studies department head at the University of Sheffield.

Tamara Cohn Eskenazi is professor of Bible at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles.