Faculty Lecture Series: Daniel Skidmore-Hess and Cathy Skidmore-Hess
|When:||Friday, January 24, 2014 at Noon|
|Where:||Student Union Ogeechee Theater|
About this event:
Daniel Skidmore-Hess, Criminal Justice, Social and Political Science
Cathy Skidmore-Hess, History, Georgia Southern University
"Dousing the Fiery Woman: The Diminishing of the Prophetess Deborah"
The prophetess Deborah presents an exception to gender patterns in biblical narrative. Her appearance is limited to two chapters in the Book of Judges, yet she plays a remarkable set of roles: judge, military strategist, poetess, and prophetess. We trace the “diminishing” of Deborah, asking how such a remarkable figure could receive so little textual attention. We also describe a pattern of derogation of Deborah’s significance in ancient and contemporary commentary. By focusing on Deborah’s “diminishing” we gain critical purchase on how religious traditions have obscured female voices and the presence of feminine leadership.
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