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Countertraditions in the Bible

Countertraditions in the Bible

A Feminist Approach

Ilana Pardes

ISBN 9780674175457

Publication date: 10/15/1993

In this eye-opening book, llana Pardes explores the tense dialogue between dominant patriarchal discourses of the Bible and counter female voices. Pardes studies women’s plots and subplots, dreams and pursuits, uncovering the diverse and at times conflicting figurations of femininity in biblical texts. She also sketches the ways in which antipatriarchal elements intermingle with other repressed elements in the Bible: polytheistic traditions, skeptical voices, and erotic longings.


  • This book marks the much needed next step in feminist biblical criticism.

    —Mieke Bal


  • Ilana Pardes is Lecturer in Comparative Literature and English at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.

Book Details

  • 206 pages
  • 5-1/2 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press