Winner of 1991 Biblical Archaeology Society Publication Award: Best Books Relating to the Old Testament
“Particularly valuable in recognizing the many human processes that converge in composition and interpretation, with a lethal effect upon the dignity and role of women.” —The Bible Today
“ . . . extraordinarily vital . . . engaging and daunting . . . ” —Society for Old Testament Study Book List
“Bal’s readings are strong and original . . . they are bound to receive enduring attention.” —Journal of Religion
Bal reads five familiar love stories from the Bible, including David and Bathsheba and Samson and Delilah, differently. In the past, readings of these stories have represented woman’s love as lethal, women as victimizers to be avoided lest one be killed by their love. Bal questions these interpretations and reveals a dominant patriarchal ideology of interpretation.