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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.
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
7. The necromancer of En-dor
8. The "wise women" of 2 Samuel
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
14. Rachel, the mother of Michah, and the teraphim
15. What a witch: divination imagery and metaphor