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Michal (Biblical figure)

Works: 43 works in 94 publications in 5 languages and 5,651 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Religious fiction  Biographical fiction  Historical fiction  Biographical fiction, American  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Drama  Biography  History  Sermons 
Classifications: PS3555.D474, 813.54
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Publications about Michal
Most widely held works about Michal
    Queenmaker : a novel of King David's Queen by India Edghill( Book )
    13 editions published between 1999 and 2003 in English and Spanish and held by 1,209 libraries worldwide
    A retelling of the biblical story of King David and Queen Michal follows Michal, who lived and reigned in David's court for more than forty years, as she speaks about her hopes and fears while war, betrayal, death, and prophecy rage through the Promised Land
    Michal : a novel by Jill Eileen Smith( Book )
    6 editions published between 2009 and 2011 in English and held by 637 libraries worldwide
    Daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege - but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister
    Queenmaker : [a novel of King David's Queen] by India Edghill( file )
    5 editions published between 2003 and 2009 in English and held by 478 libraries worldwide
    The childhood sweetheart of David, Michal is the daughter of King Saul, David's good friend and even greater enemy. Although they are married as teenagers, David abandons Michal only to remarry her 10 years later after ascending the throne as King. David is a greedy and ambitious man, but Michal refuses to compromise her soul and thrives in her own ways under his rule
    Telling Queen Michal's story : an experiment in comparative interpretation by David J. A Clines( Book )
    4 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 280 libraries worldwide
    This book, an anthology of previously published writing about Michal together with some new and original essays, is something of an experiment. Its purpose is to provide reders with raw materials for developing their own reading of the Michal story. It does not offer a unified portrait of this biblical character, but rather invites readers to form their own assessment interactively with these readings of the Michal story. At the same time, this book presents some systematic guidance for coping with these divergent interpretations of the complex and tantalizing figure of Michal
    Michal by Jill Eileen Smith( Book )
    1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 217 libraries worldwide
    The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege - but one that is haunted by her father's unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father's mercy in the prison that is King Saul's palace. Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or are they doomed to be separated forever?
    Michal's moral dilemma : a literary, anthropological, and ethical interpretation by Jonathan Y Rowe( Book )
    3 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 135 libraries worldwide
    Michals Moral Dilemma proposes that attention should be paid to the moral goods that feature in the text, before arguing that the family, a central feature of Old Testament morality, should be understood as a set of practices rather than an institution. Jonathan Rowe discusses the use of models of social action to comprehend the social world of the Bible, and suggests a modified version of Bakhtins theory of heteroglossic voices can help readers appreciate how authors present a moral vision by approving some characters actions whilst undermining others. The discussion of Michals moral dilemma
    King Saul's daughter, a Biblical dialogue by Morris Raphael Cohen( Book )
    3 editions published between 1952 and 1953 in English and held by 110 libraries worldwide
    The lay preacher by Joseph Dennie( Book )
    3 editions published between 1818 and 1980 in English and held by 109 libraries worldwide
    The Michal affair : from Zimri-Lim to the rabbis by Daniel Bodi( Book )
    3 editions published between 2005 and 2006 in English and held by 106 libraries worldwide
    "This fresh approach to the story of Michal, daughter of Saul and wife of David, juxtaposes three quite different interpretative methods: narratological, historical, and history of traditions." "In his first chapter Bodi offers a subtle political reading of the Michal story, bringing to the fore the power struggle between Saul and David that forms its main intrigue. Michal's personal tragedy foreshadows that of the Israelite monarchy and prefigures its end. It is a unique phenomenon in ancient Near Eastern literature that the story of a woman should serve as a means of criticizing the abuses of the monarchy and deconstructing the royal ideology." "The second chapter compares the daughters of Saul and the daughters of Zimri-Lim. This eighteenth-century B.C.E. tribal king of Mari offered his two daughters Kirum and Shimatum to the same vassal in order to be able to spy on him. Saul seems to have done something similar with his daughters Merab and Michal, both offered to David. The unhappy marriage of Kirum ended in divorce. Although the announcement of the divorce was made by her husband in a public, ceremony, it was prompted by the royal princess - the first example of a divorce initiated by a woman in ancient Near Eastern texts." "The third chapter explores a rich variety of rabbinic interpretations of key moments in the Michal story. Important and often little known observations are drawn from both the Talmuds and from midrashic works such as Abrabanel and anthologies like Midrash Rabbah, Yalqut Shimoni, Meam Loez and Malbim, together with the comments by Rashi and Qimhi." "Both the narratological investigation and the rabbinic interpretations point to David's guilt during his dance in front of the ark. The rabbis indeed attributed the exile of the nation to David's misdeeds. A careful reading of the biblical texts dealing with the figure of David in his relationship with his first wife Michal reaches the same conclusion: He is not exactly the man he pretends to be."--BOOK JACKET
    Saul's daughter by Gladys Malvern( Book )
    3 editions published between 1956 and 2011 in English and held by 87 libraries worldwide
    "Beautiful, impetuous and headstrong, Michal is the young daughter of Saul, the first King of Israel. As a woman of her society, she has a certain importance as a princess, but in all other respects, she has little control over her destiny. She and everyone else assume that she will marry whomever her father chooses. But then a humble young man named David is called to the royal court to play music for Saul, and Michal and the young shepherd are instantly smitten with each other. As David begins to rise in importance in the court and defeats the Philistine giant Goliath, his increasing popularity begins to threaten Saul, who swings back and forth between affection for the young man he loves like a son, and a raging hatred for this young upstart. Saul fears David will steal his throne, and decides to remove this threat to his stability and power. Michal's quick-wittedness and resolve saves David's life, but at a great cost to her own future happiness. As the years stretch by, both David and Michal are parted by cruel circumstance, and Michal learns patience and a degree of selflessness. As her family and country is torn apart by war with Philistia, Michal's longing to be reunited with her beloved David seems as though it will never come to pass." -- Back cover
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Mikhal (Biblical figure)
מיכל בת שאול
English (49)
Hebrew (11)
Spanish (1)
German (1)
Polish (1)
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