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In this modern classic interpretation of the biblical story of Dinah, Anita Diamant imagines the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood--the world of The Red Tent, a New York Times bestseller and the basis of the A&E/Lifetime mini-series.

Twentieth Anniversary Edition


In the Bible, Dinah''s life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that tell of her father, Jacob, and his twelve sons.

The Red Tent begins with the story of the mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through childhood, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah''s story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past.

Deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling and the valuable achievement of presenting a new view of biblical women''s lives.

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“Diamant vividly conjures up the ancient world of caravans, shepherds, farmers, midwives, slaves, and artisans....Her Dinah is a compelling narrator that has timeless resonance.” ―Merle Rubin, The Christian Science Monitor

“A full-bodied novel.” ―Susan Adler, Hadassah magazine

About the Author

Anita Diamant is the author of The Red Tent, a word-of-mouth bestseller and the Booksense Best Fiction selection. She is also the author of the novels Good Harbor, The Last Days of Dogtown and Day After Night, a collection of essays, Pitching My Tent, as well as six books about contemporary Jewish life, including The New Jewish Wedding and Choosing a Jewish Life: A Guidebook for People Converting to Judaism. Diamant grew up in Newark, New Jersey, and Denver, Colorado. She has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a master’s in English from the State University of New York at Binghamton. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband. 

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Adrienne
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Ignore the controversy and just read it.
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2018
Being Russian Orthodox (where, at least in our little corner of the world, Bible reading is for the priests and not only not encouraged, but is not a thing at all for the laypeople), I can hardly comment on the differences between this retelling and the original text. What... See more
Being Russian Orthodox (where, at least in our little corner of the world, Bible reading is for the priests and not only not encouraged, but is not a thing at all for the laypeople), I can hardly comment on the differences between this retelling and the original text. What I can say is that this book is an insight, however fictional, into the lives of women at a time when they were but footnotes in the history of men, if mentioned at all. I would recommend The Red Tent to anyone who wants more than read a footnote, or anyone, who, like me, had trouble even starting reading the Bible, specifically for the reason that the stories told are missing half the people. Ignore the controversy and just read it. This book is worth judging for yourself. To me, it was worth reading just for a glimpse of time, even if only imagined, when at least someone didn''t see being a woman (childbirth, menstruation, etc.) as being cursed by uncleanliness. There are countless women and girls even today, all over the world, whose futures are maimed and ruined just for this reason. There are people out there who are working hard to change this attitude, and a book like this, a new perspective, can help more than an argument.
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This is not a good book for someone who is trying to learn the ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 17, 2017
This is not a good book for someone who is trying to learn the story of Jacob. I read half and had to stop. At one point in the story, it talks about Jacob telling the story of Abram. However, the author writes that Sarai was a priestess, and that a goddess came upon her... See more
This is not a good book for someone who is trying to learn the story of Jacob. I read half and had to stop. At one point in the story, it talks about Jacob telling the story of Abram. However, the author writes that Sarai was a priestess, and that a goddess came upon her and made her with child. This is not at all what the Bible teaches. There are many things in the Bible that you can let your mind wonder about like how the conversation went between Jonathan and David when Saul tries to kill David and how the people of Egypt were probably screaming and crying when God was sending plagues. However, the Bible is very clear on what happened to Abram and Sarai, and it had absolutely nothing to do with a goddess. Also, the Bible clearly states that Dinah was raped not in love. I would just suggest that you be careful when reading this and understand that the Bible does not agree with many of the things written in this book!
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Cynthia Katsarelis
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A story from the women''s point of view.
Reviewed in the United States on August 10, 2016
First a critique of the review process. I hate that Amazon insists that I choose one of their descriptive words to "describe the plot of this book." They gave me the choices of "predictable," "some twists," or "full of surprises," none of... See more
First a critique of the review process. I hate that Amazon insists that I choose one of their descriptive words to "describe the plot of this book." They gave me the choices of "predictable," "some twists," or "full of surprises," none of which are an apt summary of The Red Tent.

Many thoughtful reviews have already been posted. I will affirm that it was wonderful to read this story, told from the point of view of the women. In those times, women were treated as chattel and the only power they had was that of producing sons. They claimed that power, and it was fascinating. I also liked the portrayal of the community of women and what they brought to the family economy, I hope that part is "true."

I love the historical fiction quality of the book. The alternative perspectives from Biblical literalism is a relief. The alternate perspective on Dinah''s "rape" is worthy of contemplation. In today''s world, there are "honor killings" that sometimes occur when women have sex outside of marriage, whether it''s consensual or rape. We have a modern context for seeing women who don''t have self determination, whose marriages are arranged, or consent still only comes with a price. It''s not that hard to see the possibility of an alternate reality for Dinah. It certainly makes for a great story. I am fascinated by the tensions and textures created by the encounters with people of differing beliefs, the women practicing the old ways, those who don''t, the paganism, those following the God of Abraham, and then the Egyptians. It is interesting to follow how those beliefs color their lives and how they interact with people of differing beliefs. One can also experience that in the reviews here on Amazon!

I do not find the story anti-male or anti-Bible. When one recalls that men had all the power, then tragic use of power is on the men. But other aspects of power appear in the encounters between the shepherd and the king, and Dinah amongst the Egyptians, etc. The tensions of religion and culture and social position within the tribe and beyond are part of the story.

I''ve tried to write without spoilers. It''s a great book. One can be a person of faith without being insulted by a single syllable in this book. Criticisms from 2000 are interesting, but I think that time is on the side of deep appreciation for The Red Tent.
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Christina STewart
Reviewed in the United States on January 25, 2019
I guess I misunderstood what this book was about. I knew it a work of fiction, but I felt like it would be more Christian based. I was mistaken. Only one chapter in and I had to put it down.
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Michelle Petersen
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Good again
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2018
This is the second d time I''ve read this book. Know, I don''t reread books. I have recommended this book since the first time I read it, back in my 20''s, but now that I''m older, I felt it deserved a second review. I fell in love all over again, but for different reasons.... See more
This is the second d time I''ve read this book. Know, I don''t reread books. I have recommended this book since the first time I read it, back in my 20''s, but now that I''m older, I felt it deserved a second review. I fell in love all over again, but for different reasons. The first time I was in awe that''s actually liked it. I loved the celebration ration of a strong female character and heroine. Now, I still love it for the same reasons but in a different way. I love her quiet strength. Her resolve. Her confidence. Her self-awareness. It was a book anew to me. And a celebration of womanhood all over in a more mature way. Still in love and would recommend all over again!!!
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BJ
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I''m reading this book again because I watched The Handmaid''s Tale
Reviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
I started reading 📚The Red Tent in light of watching The Handmaid''s Tale. In The Red Tent, we catch a glimpse of how four sisters married to the same man make it work. We see everything through Dinah''s eyes and that of her four mothers. Dinah''s life is a cautionary tale... See more
I started reading 📚The Red Tent in light of watching The Handmaid''s Tale. In The Red Tent, we catch a glimpse of how four sisters married to the same man make it work. We see everything through Dinah''s eyes and that of her four mothers. Dinah''s life is a cautionary tale about the wonder and the awfulness of family. The novel is rich in the life of women.

The story reads between the lines and reads like a book of the bible written by a woman. Dinah is the only daughter of Jacob. I''ve always had a problem with Jacob. Stealing his father''s blessing from his brother is not an auspicious start to a story about a good man. Then he claims to love one woman but takes the sister instead. You know he ought to be able to tell one from another. Their father only claimed two of his daughters so he could cut down on dowries for them. He ended up giving the other two daughters as part of the dowries of their sisters. So much of the bible is written from a man''s point of view. Then a name of a woman will be thrown in without much backstory.

Through Dinah''s eyes we see how hazardous the life of a woman was without a decent man at her side. From a wife''s point of view, the story of Abraham taking his long awaited son to be sacrificed and the effects on that kid Isaac for the rest of his life must have been. How the dishonorable acts of Jacob and his sons had to affect Dinah''s life.

This book is a great read it you haven''t had the opportunity. It is a cautionary tale in light of the politics of today.
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E Herch
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Well written but poorly researched
Reviewed in the United States on May 22, 2019
This book came highly recommended by friends who enjoy works of fiction that attempt to flesh out details of people and events recorded in the Bible. I enjoyed the author''s style. However, she included numerous events and details that are not consistent with the Biblical... See more
This book came highly recommended by friends who enjoy works of fiction that attempt to flesh out details of people and events recorded in the Bible. I enjoyed the author''s style. However, she included numerous events and details that are not consistent with the Biblical records. For example, she sets Jacob''s wrestling match with the angel on his trip back home rather than years earlier when he was fleeing to his uncle''s family. She has two sets of twins among Jacob''s sons; in the Biblical record these boys were the products of four pregnancies, not two. Worst of all is the title and theme thread of the book. "The Red Tent" is based on the instructions God gave Moses regarding women''s care during their menstrual periods - instructions given hundreds of years after the time of Jacob. These glaring inaccuracies make me wonder about the reliability of other details about the culture, customs, and spiritual beliefs that are integral to the story.
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Dwells on human sin nature and not on spiritual things.
Reviewed in the United States on October 25, 2019
I was very disappointed in using characters from the Bible and writing a book with sexual details but no reference to Gods Word.
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VLT
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The world of the Old Testament made real through the strength of women.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 4, 2019
This moving and compelling story brings the lives glimpsed through the verses of the Old Testament into sharp, colourful and sometimes shocking focus. It knocks the sugar coating off the West end Jospeh by showing the selling of their brother into slavery as the very least...See more
This moving and compelling story brings the lives glimpsed through the verses of the Old Testament into sharp, colourful and sometimes shocking focus. It knocks the sugar coating off the West end Jospeh by showing the selling of their brother into slavery as the very least of the crimes of Jacob and his 11 other sons and yet, because the book is told through the eyes of the women who, despite the harshness and cruelty of their ancient land, find comfort, strength and joy in friendship, rituals and celebrations and in the simple acts of making and caring for their families, there is always hope and a direct connection with the modern reader. I learned a lot from this book about the realities of the world of the Old Testament by the skilful way that the author shifts the focus from the events we already know about and focuses instead on what is going on just off to the side. In a world where an eye for an eye was an accepted rule of life, Dinah shows us there is another way and that it is possible to find peace and happiness through love. I could not put the book down and every character comes to life as a unique and vivid individual. I could go back and read it from the beginning again!
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Lilly
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The most moving story I have ever read.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 12, 2016
I was recommended this as a holiday read by a friend. A most enjoyable and moving tale that I simply could not put down. I never read a book twice, but I can honestly say that I will not be passing this one on to fellow readers as I feel so attached to it. When I finished...See more
I was recommended this as a holiday read by a friend. A most enjoyable and moving tale that I simply could not put down. I never read a book twice, but I can honestly say that I will not be passing this one on to fellow readers as I feel so attached to it. When I finished the final chapter I felt the need to reread the prologue and only then could I put it down. I had other books with me on holiday but could not even pick them up after this one. It now sits on my bedside table like a ''bible''. I will pass this on to my daughter when she is a little older as I feel every woman should read it. Thank you Aniita Diamant.
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Kazz Moss
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A Slow Burner!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on March 11, 2015
This one was a real slow burner. I only read it because it was the first read of our new book club. It wasn''t something I would generally every want to pick up, and would never have chosen it. I''m so glad I did, as I really have been enlightened. At first I was thoroughly...See more
This one was a real slow burner. I only read it because it was the first read of our new book club. It wasn''t something I would generally every want to pick up, and would never have chosen it. I''m so glad I did, as I really have been enlightened. At first I was thoroughly confused and couldn''t pronounce many of the names. (I still couldn''t by the end, but it didn''t matter.)I had no idea who was who and so many characters came at me. I didn''t understand what was going on at all, because I hadn''t even read the description of the book, I came in blind and didn''t even know who the main character was. It was Dinah, and the story told of her mothers, who were sisters, her children and her growing up. There was a great wealth of stories and Diamant''s knowledge and imagination really shown through as I was taken back in time through sight and sound and yes, even smell. Dinah, the child relating to her mothers, who each month enter the red tent and the midwifery and relationships that ensued. Dinah, the adult who became a midwife herself, and finally Dinah in her last years. Overall a fascinating read, which I am so glad that I persevered with when all I wanted to do was give up.
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REM
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Don''t let the religious/bible references put you off, this book is an amazing HERstory!!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 28, 2021
My mum kept going on about this book and how I should read it, however, I was slightly put off by the religious/bible references though she kept telling me it''s not about all those men you learned about at school. Finally I opened it up and was literally hooked from the...See more
My mum kept going on about this book and how I should read it, however, I was slightly put off by the religious/bible references though she kept telling me it''s not about all those men you learned about at school. Finally I opened it up and was literally hooked from the first few lines. Just an amazing book, I feel like I learned so much about life at that time and about sisterhood and womanhood. I literally devoured this book like I haven''t done with a book in a long time, I can''t recommend it enough, READ IT! Bought more copies to give to friends.
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R. A. Davison
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Beautifully executed tale of the feminine
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 17, 2012
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is a novel which caught my eye in a bookshop many moons ago, listed in the back of my mind as a ''To Read'' and never actually came to read it until roughly 12 years later, as a result of it slipping in and out of recall. The novel is the story...See more
The Red Tent by Anita Diamant is a novel which caught my eye in a bookshop many moons ago, listed in the back of my mind as a ''To Read'' and never actually came to read it until roughly 12 years later, as a result of it slipping in and out of recall. The novel is the story of Dinah, the only daughter born to the famous Jacob of many sons of the Bible (and the musical), his four wives, all apparently siblings and Dinah''s entire life story from when her father met her mothers to her eventual death. Though Dinah is a Biblical character, not much was known about her, apart from one main biblical story around which Diamant weaves the most dramatic section of narrative, so in general Diamant was free to build the picture of Dinah she chose. It is beautifully done. In many ways The Red Tent is a very female very feminist novel, The Red Tent itself being the place the women retreated to from the general family camp whilst they bled at the new moon. There is a huge focus on sexual awakening, menstruation, womanhood and the entry into womanhood, and fertility in general. The story follows the Biblical emphasis on the woman providing her husbands legacy, providing him with sons, the joy of being able to do this and the heartbreak of being unable. The book also looks at the secrets of women, their private conversations, feelings, superstitions and rituals, kept sacred from the men in the privacy of the Red Tent, and childbirth itself too, a private process of pain, fear and delight dealt with only by women. In many ways the barriers between men and women''s lives are now broken down, and so it is interesting to see this separation of the two, the clear lines between the female world and the male, down to the stories the two genders pass on, the heritage they feel is worth telling. It is another time and in many ways another world. The prose is very beautiful and I connected with it straight away and had read the book in hours, it was poetic and had a hypnotic quality, you really felt like you could picture the characters and their surroundings, the atmosphere was great. Dinah''s story is in many ways sad, reflecting the difficult lot of women at the time, the loss of which many, though of course not all, modern women can be thankful for, but it is also somehow sad to see that this private culture and camaraderie between women, also broken with the passage of time. I really enjoyed this book, and read it in one day within a seven hour period. When a book grabs you like this, and doesn''t let go, you know it''s quite special and this book is surely, particularly for women worth the read 9/10
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