Deeply affecting, The
Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution in modern
fiction: a new perspective of female life in biblical society. It is a vast and
stirring work described as what the Bible might have been had it been written
by God’s daughters instead of sons.
Far beyond the traditional women-of-the-Bible sagas in both
impact and vigor, The Red Tent is
based upon a mention in Genesis of Jacob’s only female offspring—his daughter,
Author Anita Diamant, in the voice of Dinah, gives an
insider’s look at the details of women’s lives in biblical times and a
chronicle of their earthy stories and long-ignored histories. The red tent of
the title is the place where women were sequestered during their cycles of
birthing, menses, and illness. It is here that Dinah hears the whispered
stories of her four mothers—Jacob’s wives Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah—and
tells their tales to us in remarkable and thought-provoking oratories. Familiar
passages from the Bible take on new life as Dinah fills in what the Bible has
left out—the lives of women. Dinah tells us of her initiation into the
religious and sexual practices of the tribe; Jacob’s courtship with Rachel and
Leah; the ancient world of caravans, farmers, midwives, and slaves; her
ill-fated sojourn in the city of Sechem; her years in Canaan; and her half-brother
Joseph’s rise in Egypt.
Skillfully interweaving biblical tales with characters of
her own invention, the author re-creates the life of Dinah providing an
illuminating portrait of a courageous woman and the life she might have lived.
A new view of the panorama of life in biblical times emerges from the female
perspective, and the red tent itself becomes a symbol of womanly strength,
love, and wisdom.
The Red Tent is
one of those extremely rare publishing phenomena—a little promoted, but
dynamically successful book (over 250,000 copies sold) that owes its success to
enthusiastic word-of-mouth endorsements. Now, for the first time, this sweeping
saga, which has struck a chord with so many modern-day women, comes to life as
a much-anticipated audiobook.
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