Pam Crow and Robert A. Lowe

in owning an abusive biblical text

Two friends round up the biblical Hannahs and Elis in their own lives.

Every year in synagogue, we hear the story of Hannah, a childless woman who was taunted by her husband’s other wife, Peninah, for being infertile. Like most of the stories in Hebrew Scriptures, the narrative is extravagantly spare, and the spareness allows the readers to connect the dots, to align circumstances in one’s own life to texts that have been handed down through millennia.

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