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This book, an anthology of previously published writing about Michal together with some new and original essays, 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, but rather invites readers to form their own assessment interactively with these readings of the Michal story. At the same time, this book presents some systematic guidance for coping with these divergent interpretations of the complex and tantalizing figure of Michal.

Author Bios

David J. A. Clines

David J. A. Clines

David J. A. Clines concentrates his studies on Hebrew lexicography and contemporary literary approaches to the Hebrew Bible. He studied classical languages in Sydney, Semitic Languages in Cambridge, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Amsterdam.

Clines is emeritus professor of biblical studies at the University of Sheffield where he previously served as head of the department for seven years. Clines also served as president of the Society for Old Testament Study, publisher and director at Sheffield Academic Press for 25 years, and president of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Clines has authored and edited several publications including Interested Parties: The Ideology of Writers and Readers of the Hebrew Bible, On the Way to Postmodern, Esther Scroll: The Story of the Story, and The Dictionary of Classical Hebrew.

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Tamara C. Eskenazi

Dr. Eskenazi is Professor of Bible, HUC-JIR/Los Angeles. Prior to joining HUC-JIR, she taught at the University of Denver and was also Director of its Institute for Interfaith Studies. Her research focuses on the reconstruction of Jewish life after exile in the sixth century B.C.E., on the role of women in the biblical world, and on the implications of the Bible for the Jewish community today.

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