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Demonizing the Queen of Sheba : boundaries of gender and culture in postbiblical Judaism and medieval Islam

Author: Jacob Lassner
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1993.
Series: Chicago studies in the history of Judaism.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Over the centuries, Jewish and Muslim writers transformed the biblical Queen of Sheba from a clever, politically astute sovereign to a demonic force threatening the boundaries of gender. In this book, Jacob Lassner shows how successive retellings of the biblical story reveal anxieties about gender and illuminate the processes of cultural transmission. -- The Bible presents the Queen of Sheba's encounter with King  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Legends
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Named Person: Sheba, Queen of; Solomon, King of Israel; Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Thaʻlabī; Salomón, Rey de Israel; Sheba, Queen of.; Solomon, King of Israel.; Königin von Saba; Salomo, Israel König; Börngen; Solomon, King of Israel; Sheba, Queen of; Salomon, Koning van Israel; Aḥmad b Muḥammad al- Ṯaʿlabī; Reine de Saba, (personnage biblique); Salomon, roi d'Israël); Salomon, (roi d'Israël ;; Königin von Saba.
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jacob Lassner
ISBN: 0226469131 9780226469133 0226469158 9780226469157
OCLC Number: 27812546
Description: xv, 281 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Biblical and Postbiblical Accounts. A. The Biblical Account. B. The Midrash Mishle. C. The Midrash ha-Hefez. D. The Targum Sheni to the Book of Esther. E. The Stories of Ben Sira. F. The Origins of the Dangerous/Demonic Queen --
2. The Quranic Story of Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. A. The Account of the Queen's Visit. B. Muslim Scripture and Jewish Sources. C. The Nature of the Quranic Version --
3. Later Muslim Versions. A. Thalabi's Account. B. The Missing Hoopoe. C. Bilqis. D.A Noble Letter. E. The Mission to Solomon. F. The Queen's Visit. G. The Fate of Bilqis --
4. A Reading of Thalabi's Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. A. Concern for an Orderly Universe. B. The Prophet's Mandate. C. The Danger of Crossing Gender Boundaries. D. The Queen's Challenge to Man and Divine Order. E. Submission to Male Authority. F. Postscript: Universal versus Particular --
5. Islamizing Universal and Specifically Jewish Themes. A. The Significance of the Queen's Throne. B. Muslim Markings. C. Islamizing the Story of the Hoopoe. D. Jewish Themes and Settings. E. The One Who Had Knowledge of the Book. F. Asaph Son of Berechiah. G. The Mightiest Name of God. H. Traces of Jewish Themes. I. Muslim Uses of the Jewish Past --
6. The Transfer and Absorption of Cultural Artifacts. A. Islamizing Jewish Memorabilia. B. The Queen's Visit: Some Methodological Considerations. C. Cases in Point. D. Islamized Artifacts Entering/Reentering Jewish Tradition. E. The Queen's Origins: A Late Yemenite Version. F. Solomon's Campaign against the Island King. G. Solomon and the Queen of Sheba According to Saadiah Ben Joseph. H. Recent Jewish Folklore --
Appendix: Texts in Translation. A. The Queen's Visit: 1 Kings 10: 1-13. B. The Queen of Sheba in the Midrash Mishle (Proverbs). C. Riddles of the Midrash ha-Hefez. D. The Targum Sheni to the Book of Esther. E. Pseudo Ben Sira on the Queen's Visit. F. The Yemenite Tale of Saadiah Ben Joseph. G. Recent Jewish Folklore and Folkloric Texts. H. Various Quranic Texts. I. Thalabi's Version of Sulayman and Bilqis, the Queen. J. Passages from al-Kisai --
Index of Biblical Verses.
Series Title: Chicago studies in the history of Judaism.
Responsibility: Jacob Lassner.
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Shows how Jewish and Muslim writers transformed the biblical Queen of Sheba from a clever, politically astute sovereign to a demonic force threatening gender boundries. Successive retellings of the  Read more...

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