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* Women's Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy, Necromancy, and Other Arts of Knowledge (Esther J Hamori) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2015) 9780300178913
* Women's Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy, Necromancy, and Other Arts of Knowledge (Esther J Hamori) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2015) 9780300178913
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Title: * Women's Divination in Biblical Literature: Prophecy, Necromancy, and Other Arts of Knowledge

Author: Hamori, Esther J

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300178913

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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Divination, the use of special talents and techniques to gain divine knowledge, was practiced in many different forms in ancient Israel and throughout the ancient world. The Hebrew Bible reveals a variety of traditions of women associated with divination. This sensitive and incisive book by respected scholar Esther J. Hamori examines the wide scope of women's divinatory activities as portrayed in the Hebrew texts, offering readers a new appreciation of the surprising breadth of womens "arts of knowledge" in biblical times. Unlike earlier approaches to the subject that have viewed prophecy separately from other forms of divination, Hamori's study encompasses the full range of divinatory practices and the personages who performed them, from the female prophets and the medium of En-dor to the matriarch who interprets a birth omen and the "wise women" of Tekoa and Abel and more. In doing so, the author brings into clearer focus the complex, rich, and diverse world of ancient Israelite divination.

Contents

Part I. Women's Divination and the Arts of Knowledge

1. Access to divine knowledge

2. Setting the stage

Part II. Biblical Perspectives on Women's Divination

3. Rebekah the Aramean

4. Miriam

5. Deborah

6. Hannah

7. The necromancer of En-dor

8. The "wise women" of 2 Samuel

9. Huldah

10. The prophet who conceived and gave birth to a son

11. "The daughters of your people who prophesy"

12. The women of Joel's radical vision

13. Noadiah

14. Rachel, the mother of Michah, and the teraphim

15. What a witch: divination imagery and metaphor

Concluding reflections.
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