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Jewish Studies Sunday Book Group: After Abel and Other Stories


Cover of After Abel and Other StoriesPlease join us on Sunday, September 10 at 2:00 p.m. for a discussion of After Abel and Other Stories by Michal Lemberger. The author will join us for the discussion! The Sunday Jewish Book and Discussion Group is free and open to the public. The group usually meets once a month in the library’s Von der Ahe Family Suite (Level 3). Light refreshments and riveting conversation will be served. Please RSVP by contacting Rhonda Rosen at rrosen@lmu.edu or 310-338-4584.

About the book

In After Abel and Other Stories, author and scholar Michal Lemberger recreates the lives of nine Biblical women. In telling their tales, she enriches the voices of well-known women like Miriam, and brings out from silence those less honored. Most impressive about Lemberger’s stories is her ability to place the women in their time. She does not aggrandize them or turn them into heroines. Rather, she tries to portray their lives in such a way as to give them the opportunity to explain why they took the actions that they are noted for in the Bible. It is refreshing that her stories include a wide range of biblical women—not only familiar Jewish heroines such as Miriam and Hannah, but also Hagar, Yael the Kenite, and Zeresh from the Book of Esther.