Download Epub Format ☆ The Red Tent PDF by · Anita Diamant

Download Epub Format ☆ The Red Tent PDF by · Anita Diamant I was at Border's Express one day searching for a little something to curl up in a chair with for an extended period of time.
When I was approached by a clerk asking me if I needed help with anything, I KNOW, WEIRD!, right? Customer service? Who knew it even existed anymore? Anywho, I made my desire known to the saleswoman and she points me to this.

I immediately think to myself, "Oh crap! a religious book!" I know I'm taking a chance at offending the church goers among you, but let's not throw stones.
Think totally oppressed religious upbringing, among the most offensive group of hypocrites you can imagine and perhaps you can cut me some slack.
Okay, so back to the book.

Being the 'uberpolite, can't imagine offending someone to their face' type of woman that My mom got me this book for Christmas mainly because she wanted to read it.
I read the summary on the back and I was intrigued, but wasn't intending to pick it up right away until my mom demanded that I read it as soon as possible so she could read it.
So I did.
I read it in a day.

I'm a fast reader no matter what, but give me a good book, I'll finish it faster than usual.
This book was good.
I was drawn in with the first word.
There were stories within stories and I was able to follow each and every one of them and become absorbed.

Diamant's writing took me back to this time period, and instead of pointing out all that was bad and raw in a time we often look back on as savage and uncivilized, she points out and embraces everything that was wonderful.
Or at least she writes in such a way you look at it as completely normal and okay.
I was In Hebrew literature, there is a form called Midrash which in essence is an exegesis on Hebrew texts.
Even though I'm not Jewish, I would personally categorize this book as Midrash.

Why? Because Anita Diamant does not stray from the Jacob/Dinah story in the bible one whit.
Many people who read this book and then go back to the biblical texts are surprised to find that there are household gods and concubines and that Jacob used some rather superstitious means to breed spotted goats, that Rachel claimed having her period to hide the gods hidden in the sacks from her father Laban and that Dinah must have been of some importance because she is one of the few women who gets mentioned more than a few verses worth in the Pentateuch.

Diamant uses her vast knowledge of the history of her faith and that time to flesh this story out in very real ways never perverting the or

Are you ready to go into The Red Tent?


We have been lost to each other for so long.
My name means nothing to you.
My memory is dust.
This is not your fault, or mine.
The chain connecting mother to daughter was broken and the word passed to the keeping of men, who had no way of knowing.

Disfunctional family falls short to describe Jacob’s household.

Nowadays, it would be easily a highrating TV reality show!

Jacob, a weak man put into the stressing place of being a patriarch of his race, manipulated by his scheming mother and later by his insidious sons.

Leah, mostly a good woman BUT willingly played her role in a mean scheme to marry her sister’s boyfriend.

Zilpah and Bilhah, with a image of “not killing a fly” bu description
Anita Diamantimage from her site

The Red Tent offers a female perspective on the biblical tales of Jacob, father to the twelve tribes of Israel, and his family, people with some serious issues, who would be right at home on HBO, with copious quantities of blood and betrayal to hold one’s interest.
Dinah was the only daughter of Jacob.
It is through her eyes and her retelling of others’ tales that we see the world of that time, the social organization within the family, how they related to other cultures, the roles of men and wom The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
Dinah opens the story by recounting for readers the union of her mother Leah and father Jacob, as well as the expansion of the family to include Leah's sister Rachel, and the handmaids Zilpah and Bilhah.
Leah is depicted as capable but testy, Rachel as something of a belle, but kind and creative, Zilpah as eccentric and spiritual, and Bilhah as the gentle and quiet one of the quartet.
The Red Tent is a novel by Anita Diamant, published in 1997 by Wyatt books for St.
Martin's Press.
It is a firstperson narrative that tells the story of Dinah, daughter of Jacob and sister of Joseph.
She is a minor character in the Bible, but the author has broadened her story.
The book's title refers to the tent in which women of Jacob's tribe must, according to the ancient law, take refuge while menstruati This was a very compelling read, and I don't have enough words to describe how beautiful the writing is.
Anita Diamant wove a very intricate and poignant story that captivated me, and I think I'll be moonstruck for a while!

The "Red Tent" follows the life of Jacob's daughter, Dinah, who's a minor character in the Book of Genesis.
Diamant pretty much expanded Dinah's story and it's told from her POV.
As her story unfolds, you will get to witness the lives of her mothers: Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah, as well.

For a woman in the times of Genesis, life can be pretty scary.
Back then, women had very little power.
Their main function in society was to get hitched and produce heirs for their husband.
The Red Tent is the one place where these women have their own world and their own power.
You really won't get to see The Red Tent in the second half of th Her Name Is Dinah In The Bible, Her Life Is Only Hinted At In A Brief And Violent Detour Within The More Familiar Chapters Of The Book Of Genesis That Are About Her Father, Jacob, And His Dozen Sons Told In Dinah's Voice, This Novel Reveals The Traditions And Turmoils Of Ancient Womanhood—the World Of The Red Tent It Begins With The Story Of Her Mothers—Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, And Bilhah—the Four Wives Of Jacob They Love Dinah And Give Her Gifts That Sustain Her Through A Hardworking Youth, A Calling To Midwifery, And A New Home In A Foreign Land Dinah's Story Reaches Out From A Remarkable Period Of Early History And Creates An Intimate Connection With The Past Deeply Affecting, The Red Tent Combines Rich Storytelling With A Valuable Achievement In Modern Fiction: A New View Of Biblical Women's Society Anytime a work of fiction targets a JudeoChristian audience, it's hard to rate.
Should religious doctrine be taken into account, or should we judge it solely on it's merits as a good story? Because I think some of the more negative reviews of The Red Tent are in regards to its biblical inaccuracies.

Let me start by saying that if you're a moral conservative who believes in the Old Testament, I'd advise caution before reading this book.
That's not to say you shouldn't read it; just be aware beforehand that this is a storynothing morewritten by someone who has taken biblical names and accounts and reformed them to suit her literary needs.
Don't look at this as a history lesson from the Bible, Ok? And if you're easily offended, you will be.
Facts are changed, beloved Old Testament patriarchs are turned into pagan brutes, and bizarre sexual rites & The ONLY reason I read this is because a postmenopausal lady I worked with at the time said, "Hey this book is great you'll love it! You have to read it and tell me what you thinkmy book club is reading it! I got it at Costco!" So about four chapters into it I thought, "wait this is really depressing and I don't want to even finish reading this when I can read my Bridget Jones talk about Vodka and Pride and Prejudice.
" But I already told her I would finish reading it and she was "expecting feedback".
Last time I ever made that mistake.

Can we all say "depressing novel worse than Clan of the Cave Bear"? I thought Clan was depressing because Ula (or whatever her name was)had a totally crummy cavewoman lifestyle and she was shunned by her cave people etc.
but I guess things probably didn't cha

Anita Diamant

Download Epub Format ☆ The Red Tent PDF by · Anita Diamant Anita Diamant is the author of twelve books -- the newest novel being THE BOSTON GIRL.

She recently published an updated edition of her VERY FIRST book, which was The New Jewish Wedding: THE JEWISH WEDDING NOW

Addie Baum is THE BOSTON GIRL, born in 1900 to immigrant parents who were unprepared for America and its effect on their three daughters. Growing up in the North End, then a teeming multicult