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Scholars Day: April 15, 2009

A Woman's Place: Abigail in the David Story

Abigail carefully manipulates the situations presented to her to honorably bargain for her choice in husband, and her retaining the household without unnecessary bloodshed. Her story within the Bible places an interesting insight into Hebrew women, perhaps they were not just passive possessions, but active participants in situations that they found themselves in, and perhaps, as Abigail does, those with beauty and intelligence manipulated what they could to glean for themselves happiness within a limited scope. Abigail for instance sought a husband, not a lover nor unattached widowhood, but marriage, a legally binding contract wherein she would be protected. However, she chose the marriage that she desired, the man she desired, the power she desired to wed, and manipulated the situation so that she and her household could expect protection from the very man that threatened their existence, David.

Presenter: Erin Markowski (Undergraduate Student)
Location: 216 Hartwell
Time: 1:45 pm (Session III)