With a clever convergence of biblical texts, ancient Near Eastern literature, archaeology, and fictive imagination that is not fictitious, Beach weaves a new account of Jezebel and Ahab from the perspective of Jezebel. In addition to offering stimulating entertainment, the book invites us to notice how our taken-for-granted biblical narrative is partisan and lacking in innocence.
Ekblad practices ministry among the marginalized and disinherited. He brings the biblical text to that work; but he also reads back from his ministry to the text. In moving both ways between text and ministry, he raises difficult and large questions that require faith in response. The book breaks apart our usual categories of interpretation and lets texts speak afresh.