Texts of Terror
As we read through book responses, may our ears be attentive to the Spirit and may our minds discern and consider truth well. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments. If you are interested in being assigned a book to review and respond to, contact justin cornerstonelebanon. On the one hand, when special days that beckon gifts come around, it's nice to get a present for someone which you know they will like. On the other hand, the hope would be that you as the gift-giver would be in tune enough with the recipient to grant them not only something that they will enjoy, but something that they didn't even know they would enjoy. These are the narratives where the "moral of the story" is seemingly no where to be found, and where the ever present God seems to be strangely absent. The mystery and the exploration of the text is intriguing and even interactive, but then to some degree unsatisfying as the third act of resolution or redemption doesn't come.
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The Bible contains a number of stories that biblical scholar Phyllis Trible calls "texts of terror. For contemporary readers, these texts of terror also illuminate contemporary stories, like that of Sandra Bland. Sandra Bland was the young Black woman who was stopped for a minor traffic violation by police in Texas and forcibly arrested when she allegedly was combative. According to Trible, texts of terror illustrate the failure of systems of power to prevent violence against women or to provide victims of violence with justice. In the Bible, Hagar, a slave, is exploited and abused.
This title is not available as a gratis copy. To discuss your use of this title for a particular course please e-mail the Textbook Adoption Consultant for review. Click here to email. Professor Trible focuses on four variations upon the theme of terror in the Bible. By combining the discipline of literary criticism with the hermeneutics of feminism, she reinterprets the tragic stories of four women in ancient Israel: Hagar, Tamar, an unnamed concubine, and the daughter of Jephthah.