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Title: Jezebel: Portraits of a Queen
Author: Dutcher-Walls, Patricia
Publisher: Liturgical Press; Publication Date: 2004
Paperback; ISBN: 9780814651506
Volumes: 1; Pages: 176
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Powerful. Assertive. Evil. What we know of Jezebel, queen of Israel, seems pure malevolence. What we know is what ancient writers, in their attempt to shape a theological history, considered important. More than just an intriguing story, Jezebel: Portraits of a Queen provides insight into a character used (and portrayed) by biblical writers as a negative example. Two portraits of Jezebel are created: that of Jezebel the story character, taken from narrative criticism, and Jezebel the queen, drawn from a sociological study. Combining these two portraits, the reader can begin to understand the ancient writers' worldviews, theologies, values, and loyalties. Jezebel's story gives readers a new perspective with which they may approach all biblical texts.The focuses on social organization and monarchy will help students study the text within a framework of biblical society.Chapters are "Method Overview: Narrative Method with a Focus on Rhetoric," "Narrative Method Applied: A Portrait of a Character," "Method Overview: Sociological Criticism with a Focus on Ancient Monarchy," "Sociological Method Applied: A Portrait of a Queen" and "The Methods Interfaced: The Portraits of Compared."