Religion

Demonizing the Queen of Sheba

Author: Jacob Lassner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 281

View: 138

Over the centuries, Jewish and Muslim writers transformed the biblical Queen of Sheba from a clever, politically astute sovereign to a demonic force threatening the boundaries of gender. In this book, Jacob Lassner shows how successive retellings of the biblical story reveal anxieties about gender and illuminate the processes of cultural transmission. The Bible presents the Queen of Sheba's encounter with King Solomon as a diplomatic mission: the queen comes "to test him with hard questions," all of which he answers to her satisfaction; she then praises him and, after an exchange of gifts, returns to her own land. By the Middle Ages, Lassner demonstrates, the focus of the queen's visit had shifted from international to sexual politics. The queen was now portrayed as acting in open defiance of nature's equilibrium and God's design. In these retellings, the authors humbled the queen and thereby restored the world to its proper condition. Lassner also examines the Islamization of Jewish themes, using the dramatic accounts of Solomon and his female antagonist as a test case of how Jewish lore penetrated the literary imagination of Muslims. Demonizing the Queen of Sheba thus addresses not only specialists in Jewish and Islamic studies, but also those concerned with issues of cultural transmission and the role of gender in history.
Religion

Demonizing the Queen of Sheba

Author: Jacob Lassner

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 281

View: 217

Over the centuries, Jewish and Muslim writers transformed the biblical Queen of Sheba from a clever, politically astute sovereign to a demonic force threatening the boundaries of gender. In this book, Jacob Lassner shows how successive retellings of the biblical story reveal anxieties about gender and illuminate the processes of cultural transmission. The Bible presents the Queen of Sheba's encounter with King Solomon as a diplomatic mission: the queen comes "to test him with hard questions," all of which he answers to her satisfaction; she then praises him and, after an exchange of gifts, returns to her own land. By the Middle Ages, Lassner demonstrates, the focus of the queen's visit had shifted from international to sexual politics. The queen was now portrayed as acting in open defiance of nature's equilibrium and God's design. In these retellings, the authors humbled the queen and thereby restored the world to its proper condition. Lassner also examines the Islamization of Jewish themes, using the dramatic accounts of Solomon and his female antagonist as a test case of how Jewish lore penetrated the literary imagination of Muslims. Demonizing the Queen of Sheba thus addresses not only specialists in Jewish and Islamic studies, but also those concerned with issues of cultural transmission and the role of gender in history.
Christian art and symbolism

Living Testimony

Author: Laura Holden Hollengreen

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Christian art and symbolism

Page: 1130

View: 710

Literary Criticism

Sheba's Daughters

Author: Jacqueline de Weever

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN:

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 292

View: 669

Exploring how the depiction of otherness or alterity during the Middle Ages became problematic in the aesthetics of the Romance epics written during the centuries of the Crusades, this book offers a vital contribution to the growing interest in the way foreign women are presented in the texts of the Latin West and will be of consuming interest to students in women's studies, cultural studies, and medieval literature.The texts considered are written in the major European languages of the time and range from the Song of Songs through Geoffrey of Vinsauf's Poetria Nova to such epics and romances as Erec et Enide,Doon de Maience, Fierabras, La Prise d'Orange, Ars Versificatoria, The Sowdone of Babylone, and Parzifal.
Religion

Old Testament Pseudepigrapha

Author: Richard Bauckham

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 808

View: 188

Intended to complement James Charlesworth's Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, this new two-volume collection adds a great many previously unpublished or newly translated texts. Providing the reader with virtually all known surviving pseudepigrapha written before the rise of Islam, OTP presents the sacred legends and spiritual reflections of numerous works that were lost, neglected, or suppressed for many centuries, with authoritative yet accessible introductions to each text
Language Arts & Disciplines

Dido's Daughters

Author: Margaret W. Ferguson

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 506

View: 270

Our common definition of literacy is the ability to read and write in one language. Margaret Ferguson reveals in this text that this is inadequate, because it fails to help understand heated conflicts over literature during the emergence of print culture.
Arts and globalization

Migrating Images

Author: Petra Stegmann

Publisher:

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Category: Arts and globalization

Page: 167

View: 841

Biography & Autobiography

The Unforgettable Queens of Islam

Author: Shahla Haeri

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN:

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 284

View: 390

A cross-cultural and ethno-historical perspective exploring the lives and legacies of several Muslim women rulers from medieval to modern times.
Religion

I & II Kings

Author: Marvin Alan Sweeney

Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 476

View: 151

This volume offers a close reading of the historical books of I and II Kings, concentrating on not only issues in the history of Israel but also the literary techniques of storytelling used in these books. Marvin A. Sweeney provides a major contribution to the prominent Old Testament Library series with advanced discussions of textual difficulties in the books of Kings as well as compelling narrative interpretations. The Old Testament Library provides fresh and authoritative treatments of important aspects of Old Testament study through commentaries and general surveys. The contributors are scholars of international standing.
Bibles

A Guide to Early Jewish Texts and Traditions in Christian Transmission

Author: Alexander Kulik

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN:

Category: Bibles

Page: 558

View: 400

The Jewish culture of the Hellenistic and early Roman periods established a basis for all monotheistic religions, but its main sources have been preserved to a great degree through Christian transmission. This Guide is devoted to problems of preservation, reception, and transformation of Jewish texts and traditions of the Second Temple period in the many Christian milieus from the ancient world to the late medieval era. It approaches this corpus not as an artificial collection of reconstructed texts--a body of hypothetical originals--but rather from the perspective of the preserved materials, examined in their religious, social, and political contexts. It also considers the other, non-Christian, channels of the survival of early Jewish materials, including Rabbinic, Gnostic, Manichaean, and Islamic. This unique project brings together scholars from many different fields in order to map the trajectories of early Jewish texts and traditions among diverse later cultures. It also provides a comprehensive and comparative introduction to this new field of study while bridging the gap between scholars of early Judaism and of medieval Christianity.
Religion

It's Good to Be Queen

Author: Liz Curtis Higgs

Publisher: WaterBrook

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 179

Sheba journeyed across the desert with a caravan of riches, only to find the greatest treasure of them all—and so can you. When it comes to famous queens of the Bible, we know the good one, Queen Esther, and the bad one, Queen Jezebel. Now meet the wise one, the queen of Sheba, who traveled to Jerusalem to test the mind and heart of a king. Her quest for wisdom will surprise you, challenge you, inspire you, change you. This wealthy royal from antiquity will show you how to live boldly, seek after truth, ask the right questions, encourage others, receive graciously, and honor the Lord above all. Shedding new light on this ancient biblical role model, Liz Curtis Higgs unveils timeless wisdom for all who aspire to please the king of Kings.
Language Arts & Disciplines

Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings

Author:

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 328

View: 508

Hebrew Texts in Jewish, Christian and Muslim Surroundings offers a new perspective on Judaism, Christianity and Islam as religions of the book by showing that there is an intricate web of relations between the texts of these three religious traditions.
Religion

Models of Leadership in the Adab Narratives of Joseph, David, and Solomon

Author: Sami Helewa

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN:

Category: Religion

Page: 234

View: 500

The author links the religious Qiṣaṣ al-anbiyāʾ to adab with the intent of showing that these tales reflect an inward look of the two cities of Baghdād and Nīshāpūr as well as the expectations of leadership for the rulers at the time of al-Ṭabarī and al-Thaʿlabī.
Religions

Encyclopedia of Women and World Religion: L-Y. Index

Author: Serinity Young

Publisher: MacMillan Reference Library

ISBN:

Category: Religions

Page: 1152

View: 831

provided on Sikhism, African religions, Santeria, and Native American religions and many others. An added feature is the synoptic outline, which provides conceptual themes to the reader. This valuable resource is accessible to the high school and college student, to the researcher and the general reader".--"Outstanding Reference Sources : the 1999 Selection of New Titles", American Libraries, May 1999. Comp. by the Reference Sources Committee, RUSA, ALA
History

Sheba

Author: Nicholas Clapp

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

ISBN:

Category: History

Page: 384

View: 460

Three thousand years ago, a dusky queen swept into the court of King Solomon, and from that time to the present day, her tale has been told and retold. Who was this queen? Did she really exist? In a quixotic odyssey that takes him to Ethiopia, Arabia, Israel, and even a village in France, Nicholas Clapp seeks the underlying truth behind the multifaceted myth of the queen of Sheba. It's an eventful journey. In Israel, he learns of a living queen of Sheba -- a pilgrim suffering from "Jerusalem Syndrome" -- and in Syria he tracks down the queen's tomb, as described in the Arabian Nights. Clapp investigates the Ethiopian shrine where Menelik, said to be the son of Solomon and the mysterious queen, may have hidden the Ark of the Covenant. Then the "worst train in the world" (according to the conductor) takes Clapp to the Red Sea, where he sets sail for Yemen in an ancient dhow and comes perilously close to being shipwrecked. As in his search for the lost city of Ubar, Clapp uses satellite images, this time to track an ancient caravan route that leads to the queen's winter capital in present-day Yemen. The quest is bolstered by new carbon-14 datings and by the discovery of an Arabian Stonehenge in the sands of the Rub' al-Khali. Finally, at the romantic and haunting ruins of Sirwah, the pieces of the queen of Sheba puzzle fall into place.