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The Defence of Michal

The Defence of Michal Abstract The following interdisciplinary study seeks to reverse negative interpretations of Michal that have occurred in general criticism and in feminist readings of her. By appropriating William Morris’s rendering of Queen Guenevere as proof that male artists and authors can produce sympathetic portraits of women, I argue that 2 Samuel 6 does not necessarily reduce Michal to the status of a passive victim. I justify her bitterness by establishing it to be prophetically correct and insist that her lack of children is not a punishment from God. As the gavel has consistently been hammered hard on the subject of her childlessness, I appeal to the reader to reconsider her as a more empowered subject. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Biblical Interpretation Brill

The Defence of Michal

Biblical Interpretation , Volume 21 (1): 19 – Jan 1, 2013

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Brill
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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0927-2569
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1568-5152
DOI
10.1163/15685152-1049A0002
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Abstract

Abstract The following interdisciplinary study seeks to reverse negative interpretations of Michal that have occurred in general criticism and in feminist readings of her. By appropriating William Morris’s rendering of Queen Guenevere as proof that male artists and authors can produce sympathetic portraits of women, I argue that 2 Samuel 6 does not necessarily reduce Michal to the status of a passive victim. I justify her bitterness by establishing it to be prophetically correct and insist that her lack of children is not a punishment from God. As the gavel has consistently been hammered hard on the subject of her childlessness, I appeal to the reader to reconsider her as a more empowered subject.

Journal

Biblical InterpretationBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2013

Keywords: 2 Samuel 6; feminism; the Bible and art; Guenevere; feminist hermeneutics; William Morris; David; Michal; Old Testament; interdisciplinary interpretation

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