Naomi Harris Rosenblatt; A biblical speaker for our modern times

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Review by Jonathan Burnham,
Former President Miramax Books

An illuminating retelling of the stories of the women of the Hebrew Bible: a prism through which we can examine our own lives.

Leah, Rachel, Sarah, Delilah, Jezebel…the names of these Hebrew Bible women have been familiar to us since childhood. In this remarkable book, biblical scholar Naomi Harris Rosenblatt injects new life into these characters, retelling their stories in loving detail, and bringing to them her expertise as a psychotherapist, as well as her profound biblical knowledge. Through her lens, we revisit these women—and their men—and view them with a new understanding, marveling at the very modern dilemmas and problems they confront and explore.

As Rosenblatt shows, these are courageous, intelligent women—women who risk everything to give birth, to protect their children, to win their husband’s love and to ensure the survival of the human race. They seduce; they challenge; they trick; they subvert authority, using their power as women to work everyday miracles in a patriarchal world.

The stories here are as gripping and fresh as a contemporary novel: An infertile wife puts another woman in her husband’s bed so that he can father a child with her. A mother is forced to choose between her two sons. A daughter tries to convince her father to rescue her from a sexually abusive brother. A woman marries a celebrity only to lose him to his fame and his own jealousy.

In this powerful blend of history, psychology, and storytelling, women today will recognize their own struggles to love, to mother, to succeed in relationships and to work their way through a complicated and dangerous world.

AFTER THE APPLE: Women in the Bible
Timeless Stories of Love, Lust and Longing

by Naomi Harris Rosenblatt.

ISBN 0-7868-6908-9
6 1/8 x 9 1/4; 288 pp
On sale: March 23, 2005

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