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Reimagining Delilah's Afterlives as Femme Fatale


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List of Images Acknowledgements Abbreviations Introduction Chapter 1: The Femme Fatale: Cultural Icon Chapter 2: Mind the Gap Part 1: Delilah's Afterlives as Femme Fatale in Biblical Interpretation Chapter 3: Mind the Gap Part 2: Delilah's Afterlives as Femme Fatale in Popular Culture Chapter 4: Alternative Afterlives: Deconstructing Delilah as Femme Fatale Conclusions Bibliography Author Index Index of Biblical Texts

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Sheds new light on how the iconic character of Delilah has been read through history and culture.

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Caroline Blyth is Lecturer in Religious Studies at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.


Blyth offers an erudite and informative inspection of the ways in which the character of Delilah has been received and transformed by later interpreters. I would recommend her book to anyone who is interested in contributing productively to issues of gender equity and biblical interpretation. * Biblical Theology Bulletin *
[T]he most refreshing element of Blyth's work is her careful attention to distinctions between the putative threats embodied by Delilah as femme fatale in each specific context of a cultural retelling, which makes Blyth's reception history of Delilah's afterlives far more nuanced than any rote catalog of interpretations. * Religious Studies Review *
This book is a fascinating study of a contemporary cultural icon and its helpful role in leading us to understand Judg 16. * Bulletin of Biblical Research *
The book offers an important contribution to the wider discussion about gender stereotypes in engaging the image of Delilah as femme fatale, thus creating room for a different view and appreciation of this image rather than discarding it. * Biblische Notizen *

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