Texts of Terror by Phyllis Trible relates the stories of four women from the Old Testament: Hagar, the slave who bore a son to Abraham, and then was exiled and rejected (Genesis 16:1-16; 21:9-21); Tamar, the daughter of David who was raped by her own brother and then both rejected and discredited as the consequences of his lust (2 Samuel 13:1-22); an unnamed concubine from Bethlehem who was attacked and raped by "three wicked men of the city,' then dismembered and discarded (Judges 19:1-30); and finally the daughter of Jephthah who was sacrificed as the victim of a faithless vow made by her father (Judges 11:29-40). We are separated from these women by hundreds of years, yet the abject horror of their stories crosses the intervening years to speak to our generation as Trible points out the silence, the absence, and the opposition of God, as well as the active human cruelty.
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Wenthe, Elizabeth A.
"In Memoriam: An Analysis of Texts of Terror,"
Draftings In: Vol. 3:
1, Article 5.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/draftings/vol3/iss1/5