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The author seems to put words into their mouths in the book. The Red Tent reconstructs Genesis by filling in the gaps that the Hebrew bible leaves out. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Genesis and The red tent: the differences

Genesis and The red tent the differences
  • By
  • Kirstin Thomas
  • Amy Matthews
  • Kelly Driver
  • Kaitline Reid

  • Isaacs death- doesnt appear in the book at all,
    but appears early in the Bible
  • Jacob and Labans meeting- in the Bible, Laban is
    happy to see Jacob (29 13), but in the book he
    is not happy that he is going to be staying with
    him (pg. 10)
  • The swap of Rachel and Leah- in book the sisters
    trick Jacob in thinking that Leahs Rachel (pg.
    31), in the Bible Laban plans to switch out
    Rachel and Leah (2923)

  • In the book Jacob wasnt angry that it was Leah
    and he only pretended to be mad so he would get
    Rachel as well, but he didnt go to Laban until
    the end of the full week (pgs. 31-36). In the
    Bible it says that Jacob woke up the very next
    morning and realized it was Leah and he went to
    Laban and was angry(2925).
  • The red tent- In the book they were all in the
    same tent, but in the bible they were all in
    separate tents
  • Pgs. 117-118 Laban goes into the red tent looking
    for the household gods, Laban goes into each
    individual tent looking for the household
  • Essentially there is NO red tent

  • Isaacs death- pg. 150- Isaac is alive and living
    with Rebecca, 28- Isaac dies
  • The story- book depicts as a love story (pg 190),
    but the bible depicts it as a rape (342)
  • 3431 is the last mention of Dinah in the bible,
    first mention is 3021
  • As Jacobs dying, he isnt in the right mind/has
    no clue what hes talking about (pgs. 311-312),in
    the bible Jacob is in his right mind as hes
    dying (48-50)

  • The author points out that The Red Tent is not
    a translation but a work of fiction. Its
    perspective and focus by and about the female
    characters distinguishes it from the biblical
    account in which women are usually peripheral and
    often totally silent. By giving Dinah a voice and
    providing texture and content to the sketchy
    biblical descriptions, my books is a radical
    departure from the historical text.

Reconstruction of Genesis through The Red Tent
  •  The Red Tent reconstructs the life of Dinah that
    we don't hear in the Bible and the life of the
    other women. It tells about her childhood up
    until the "rape" that the Bible mentions. It then
    tells what happened after that all the way up to
    her death, which the Bible never says anything
    more about her after the rape incident. 

  • What the women were thinking because they don't
    speak in the Bible. The author seems to put words
    into their mouths in the book.
  • The Red Tent reconstructs Genesis by filling in
    the gaps that the Hebrew bible leaves out. It
    also fills in the gaps of the women (Leah, Rachel
  • The author, Diamant, wrote the book through
    Dinah's point of view to get an idea of what life
    was like during that time period.

  • Joseph's story in Genesis 371 - 49 doesn't talk
    about Dinah, but The Red Tent recounts parts of
    Joseph's story into the description of Dinah's
    life in Egypt. In Egypt Re-mose (Dinah's son)
    tries to kill Joseph because he thinks that
    Joseph killed his father Shalem.
  • The story of Re-mose and Joseph is similar to
    Laban and Jacob's fight. This is another way The
    Red Tent reconstructs Genesis. 

  • Story of Dinah being raped
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