The Red Tent

Book: The Red Tent

Author: Anita Diamant

Short Summary:
Dinah, the only daughter of biblical Jacob, is the narrator in this story. She tells the tale of the days of old through a woman’s perspective. With her birth mother Leah and three other “mothers” Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah she spent time in the red tent, away from the men in her family, learning the secrets of what it means to be a woman. Using what she has learned from her childhood, Dinah uses her strength and character to live an extraordinary life.

My Thoughts:
This book was like a revisit to Sunday school, but with an interesting twist. I loved how it was told from a woman’s perspective, one rarely mentioned in the bible. I don’t claim to know too much about the bible, and Dinah’s name is one I never heard. I tried reading this book when I was it first came out, but couldn’t quite get into it. I think I was too young. I am very glad I gave it another try.

This book was highly entertaining, and educational as well. The characters of the bible and the matriarchs were brought to life. Dinah was a great protagonist. She had such a deep connection to her “mother’s”. The time spent in the red tent together showed how strong the bonds of women can be.

This book had it all; love, sex, friendship, violence, betrayal, and history all wrapped in one. It was a great read which I would highly recommend.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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4 Responses

  1. This is probably one of my absolute favorite books of all time. I don’t think I ever expected to like a book with a religious theme so much which is why I like it so much. I am glad you liked it too.

  2. I read this about 10 years ago, and recently reread it with my book club a few months ago. It is an amazing book, and very deeply layered and complex. I am glad that you gave it another try, and that this time you loved it!! I know that when we read the book, it made for a really interesting meeting with a lot of lively discussion. Great review! Thanks for sharing it!

  3. I agree with you! I read this book with my book club several years ago. Like the members of zibilee’s book club, we found it made for great discussions.

  4. i gave this book the same rating! I never went to Sunday school but have been raised in Catholic schools so I had a lot of bible studies. I only WISH bible studies were this engaging 😉

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