Dec. 3 – Alice Connor – FIERCE [Advent Calendar]

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December 3


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”1506410707″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”161″]Fierce:
Women of the Bible and Their Stories of Violence, Mercy, Bravery, Wisdom, Sex, and Salvation

Alice Connor

Paperback: Fortress Press, 2017
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I am grateful for the legacy of these stories, and many authors and scholars, especially feminist, womanist and mujerista theologians, who have lifted them up over the years—Miriam Therese Winter’s Gospel According to Mary, Delores Williams’s Sisters In the Wilderness, and Phyllis Trible’s Texts of Terror, to name a few. Alice Connor stands on the shoulders of these and other writers. Connor has said she wrote the book to help place at center stage biblical characters that are often treated as supporting players in the stories of men. It’s a gift to be able to luxuriate in these stories, with fleshed out personalities, imagined interior monologues, and vivid details. If you enjoyed The Red Tent, you will appreciate these vignettes. However, Connor takes pains not simply to offer a midrashic “you are there” imagining of these women, but also to connect them to contemporary struggles.

  • from our review by MaryAnn McKibben Dana, 
    in our Fall 2017 magazine issue
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