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Subversive Sequels in the Bible
How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other

By Judy Klitsner (author)

A 2009 National Jewish Book Award Winner, Scholarship

A fresh look at familiar stories, by a master Bible teacher

Read recent reviews of Subversive Sequels in the Bible, reprinted on author Judy Klitsner's website.

Access the James McGrath blogpost/review of this book from Exploring Our Matrix.

Read the interview with author Judy Klitsner from The Jewish Star.

Singularly faithful to the biblical text, which Klitsner reads closely and with great respect, this book is fascinating and radical in its implications and inspires the reader to see surprising connections in language and in themes.”- JOFA Journal

Klitsner addresses head-on the challenges of finding modern-day relevance in the Bible, especially in relation to women’s issues. She analyzes without apologizing, leaving the reader with much to consider.”- Hadassah Magazine

This new commentary exhibits biblical scholarship at its finest.”-Jewish Book World

"In this ground-breaking book, Judy Klitsner presides over a conversation between pairs, or sequences, of biblical narratives. Paying close attention to the nuances of biblical language, she expertly maps the way in which passages echo and subvert one another. Her alert ear and vigorous writing style reveal new intertextual structures, within which later narratives reconsider earlier ones, revising and often redeeming them ... A moral and religious passion animates this innovative study." Avivah Zornberg, Torah scholar and author (including the JPS classic Genesis: The Beginning of Desire).

Ms. Klitsner is an excellent teacher whose insights into biblical narrative will deepen the reader’s engagement and understanding.” - Rabbi David Silber, Founder and Dean of the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education

Judy Klitsner pairs biblical stories to show how a later text will often comment on, or even subvert, an earlier one. The author draws on her fluent command of Hebrew commentary and her broad reading of ancient and modern exegesis, and creates a rare dialogue between feminist and traditional Bible commentary. Using the method of parshanut (interpretation) and her own unique approach to biblical texts, Klitsner draws bold, surprising parallels between biblical passages, revealing previously unexcavated layers of meaning. The result is a series of fresh and original readings of familiar narratives, accessible to both novice and experienced readers of the Bible.

With her fresh, original readings of familiar narratives, Klitsner illustrates the dynamic nature of bibical attitudes regarding issues of ongoing relevance, such as the self, gender relations, and relations between Jews and non-Jews.

Access an errata sheet for minor corrections to Subversive Sequels in the Bible.

About Judy Klitsner

Judy Klitsner is a senior faculty member at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem, where she has been teaching Bible and biblical exegesis for nearly two decades. Many of her former students, now teachers and heads of Jewish Studies programs throughout the U.S., employ her skill-based, literary methods in their teaching. She lectures widely in Israel, the U.S., and the U.K., with a special focus on topics related to women and universalism, noting the importance of themes that are often neglected by Bible commentators.

Her speech topics include ''Slumbering Prophets and the Escape from Self: How the Book of Jonah Mines and Undermines the Story of Noah,'' ''The Midwives of Egypt: Restoration of Identity and Seeds of Redemption,'' ''Sarah as Forbidden Fruit: Biblical Women Challenge the Story of Eve,'' and ''The Tent, the Field, and the Battlefield: The Many Dimensions of Biblical Motherhood.''

For more information about Judy Klitsner, visit her website.

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