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The Red Tent

Anita Diamant


Suggestions for Further Reading

Buechner, Frederick. The Son of Laughter. New York: HarperCollins, 1994

Dershowitz, Alan. The Genesis of Justice: Ten Stories of Biblical Injustice That Led to the Ten Commandments and Modern Morality and Law. New York: Warner Books, 2001.

Frankel, Ellen. The Five Books of Miriam: A Women’s Commentary on the Torah. New York: HarperCollins, 1997

Metzger, Deena. What Dinah Thought. New York: Viking Penguin, 1989.

Monaghan, Patricia. The New Book of Goddesses and Heroines. New York: Llewellyn Publications, 1997.

Mor, Barbara, and Monica Sjoo. The Great Cosmic Mother: Rediscovering the Religion of the Earth. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1991.

Newsom, Carol, and Sharon Ringe, eds. The Women’s Bible Commentary. New York: Westminster John Knox Press, 1988.

Plaut, Gunther. The Torah: A Modern Commentary. New York: Union of American Hebrew Congregations, 1981.

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I disagree. Leah and Rachel were polytheistic.

by sman613, April 29, 2014

Nobody can change their customs fast. These two grew up as polytheists, so it is improbable that they would have been, at least during the time frame of the story, monotheists. That is why in Genesis 35:2, Jacob needs to say: "Remove the foreign gods which are in your midst..."