This workshop explores the reception history of Deborah, Jael and Delilah, the most famous heroines of the book of Judges, in literature, art, music, film and contemporary visual languages, such as comic or graphic novels, from the 19th to the 21th century. Throughout reception history, artistic images of these women present them as exemplary women, albeit in an ambivalent way: Their portrait may encourage or warn women to become like the biblical heroines. Furthermore, the biblical figures have also been used to reflect on role models, social conventions and gender stereotypes.
It is the goal of this workshop to analyse the different artistic portraits of these women, the development and transformation of their images in the cultural, social and religious contexts of the 19th and 21th century.
Reception History of Biblical in the Arts, Book of Judges, Deborah, Jael, Delilah