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By Adele Reinhartz

Unnamed characters--such as Lot's spouse, Jephthah's daughter, Pharaoh's baker, and the witch of Endor--are ubiquitous within the Hebrew Bible and seem in a wide selection of roles. Adele Reinhartz right here seeks to reply to significant questions: first, is there a "poetics of anonymity," and if this is the case, what are its contours? moment, how does anonymity impact the readers' reaction to and building of unnamed biblical characters? the writer is principally drawn to concerns on the topic of gender and sophistication, looking to make certain no matter if anonymity is extra admired between moms, better halves, daughters, and servants than between fathers, husbands, sons and kings and even if the anonymity of girl characters features otherwise from that of male characters.

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