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Creating Women'S Voices: Sarah And Tamar In Some Syriac Narrative Poems

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Women are only rarely given a voice in the biblical narrative. In the case of Sarah and Tamar, the two women discussed in this chapter, make a few interventions, but these are always only short ones. The chapter focuses on distinctive aspect of the Syriac poems. At the same time various indirect links with Jewish tradition and traditions have been noted in passing. The links can be classified as falling under two main headings, general exegetical approach, and particular exegetical traditions. As far as the former is concerned, it is interesting to see how closely the first two poems fit within Adam Kamesar's discussion of the narrative aggadah and attitudes to it in early Greek and Latin Christian writers: he shows how the Greek and Latin writers, even if they accept certain aspects of the narrative aggadah, have a reserved attitude towards it.

Keywords: Adam Kamesar; aggadah; biblical; exegetical; Jewish tradition; Sarah; Syriac poems; Tamar; women



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