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The Defence of Michal

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Pre-Raphaelite Persuasion in 2 Samuel 6

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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.

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