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sleeping Sisera by driving a tent peg through his temple.
Bal, Mieke 1988a: Murder and Difference: Genre, Gender and Scholarship on Sisera's Death.
Bassist Luca Sisera entered and paired up with the accordion, and Chris Jaeger Brown began to sprinkle percussion, including Western jazz set as well as assorted Middle Eastern drums, over the top.
Not able to decide where, she fantasizes about her dead body as she thinks about the historical linking of women who take risks in their adventurous lives, such as Van Herk's JL named for the biblical Jael who killed the Canaanite captain Sisera by driving a tent peg through his temple while he slept, and the mythical spider Arachne who is stuck in nature as prior narrating female subjects before selecting the biblical Dorcas who died and was returned to life by Peter in Acts 9.36-40.
Two of those poems, "Young Gideon" and "Sisera," are treatments of Old Testament narratives, both from Judges.
Although she disavows expertise as a biblical scholar, a portion of her productive scholarship has taken up the matter of biblical interpretation, such as Lethal Love: Feminist Readings of Biblical Love Stories, 1987; Death and Dyssymetry: The Politics of Coherence in the Book of Judges, 1988; and Murder and Difference: Gender, Genre and Scholarship on Sisera's Death, 1988, 1992.
During the Battle of Tabor, Jael, wife of Heber who was a double agent for Israel, assassinated King Sisera by driving a tent peg into his temple.
"Such an identification reinforces the claim that a high-ranking Egyptian or local ruler was based at this location, and is likely to support the theory that the site is Harosheth Haggoyim, the home town of Sisera, as mentioned in Judges 4-5," said Prof.
To bring the gender reversals even closer to the surface, the story opens with Deborah's order to Barak, the commandant of her forces, to attack the enemy led by the notorious General Sisera and his 900 iron chariots.
She entrapped her male victim, Sisera, who like Holophernes, was the general of the armies of the enemy of the Israelites, in this case, King Jabin of Hazor.
Like "the stars in their order [that] fought against Sisera" of Judges 5:20, Christians should engage in "well-ordered warfare" to protect God's church (308).
Consider the mother of the enemy general Sisera in Judges, waiting for her son to come home, but advised by her ladies-in-waiting that the boys are just being boys, each seizing a girl or two as battle plunder.