Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis

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The women of Genesis - Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel - intrigued and informed the lives of nineteenth-century women. These women read the biblical stories for themselves and looked for ways to expand, reinforce, or challenge the traditional understanding of women's lives. They communicated their readings of Genesis using diverse genres ranging from poetry to commentary.
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

This remarkable volume not only fills a painful lacuna in the history of biblical interpretation, but it opens up a new field within the discipline by recovering hundreds of forgotten female voices. I am confident that this volume will serve as an important catalyst to subsequent generations who will be stimulated to pursue a gripping subject matter still largely unexplored.

—Brevard S. Childs, Sterling Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Yale University

An invaluable collection of rare primary sources. Taylor and Weir's introductions to the authors and summarizing analyses enhance the significance of this book for the history of biblical interpretation, women's studies, and nineteenth century cultural history.

—Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

It is hard to imagine that anyone could discover a genuinely fresh approach to modern biblical interpretation, yet Taylor and Weir have done just that. At the same time, they offer new insight into the life, learning, and thinking of nineteenth-century women, both Jews and Christians. Their careful work will benefit scholars and students of modern history, biblical studies, and women's studies.

—Ellen Davis, Duke Divinity School

This is at once an exciting book to plunge into and a treasure-trove to be explored at leisure. The result of prodigious research and meticulous attention to detail, the book also succeeds in being highly accessible and delightfully engaging. Taylor and Weir induct us sympathetically into the various social worlds of the women and their readers and help us to appreciate the way writers, readers, and historical context are bound together, so that interpreting the Bible is seen to be a living process. This remarkable book is suited to a wide audience and will be a great resource for college or seminary courses.

—David M. Gunn, Texas Christian University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932792539
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2006
  • Pages: 513
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author


Marion Ann Taylor is Associate Professor of Old Testament at the University of Toronto.

Heather E. Weir is Instructor at the Toronto School of Theology at Wycliffe College.

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Table of Contents


Preface

Introduction

Part 1: Eve-The Mother of Us All

§1 Hannah Mather Crocker

Observations on the Real Rights of Women (1818)

§2 Lucy Barton

Bible Letters for Children (1832)

§3 Esther Hewlett Copley

Scripture History for Youth (1833) and Scripture Biography (1835)

§4 Favell Lee Mortimer

The Peep of Day (1833)

§5 Sarah Moore Grimké

Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman (1838)

§6 Angelina Emily Grimké Weld

Letters to Catherine Beecher (1838)

§7 Catherine Hunt Putnam

The Gospel by Moses, in the Book of Genesis; or, the Old Testament Unveiled (1854)

§8 E. C. C. Baillie

The Protoplast (1853)

§9 Cecil Frances (Fanny)
Alexander "The Temptation" (1854)

§10 Sophia Goodrich Ashton

The Mothers of the Bible (1855)

§11 Christina Georgina Rossetti

"Eve" (1866) and "A Helpmeet for Him" (1888)

§12 Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)

House Beautiful (1868)

§13 Sarah Town Martyn

Women of the Bible (1868)

§14 Elizabeth Rundle Charles

Sketches of the Women of Christendom (1880)

§15 Etty Woosnam

The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)

§16 Ray Frank

"Women in the Synagogue" (1894)

§17 Henriette Greenebaum Frank

"Modern Jewish Women" (1894)

§18 Julia Wedgwood

The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894)

§19 Lillie Devereux Blake

The Woman's Bible (1895)

§20 Elizabeth Baxter

The Women of the Word (1897)

Conclusion

Part 2: Sarah-The First Mother of Israel

§21 Sarah Trimmer

A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)

§22 Frances Elizabeth King

Female Scripture Characters: Exemplifying Female Virtues (1813)

§23 Sarah Ewing Hall

Conversations on the Bible (1818)

§24 Grace Aguilar

The Women of Israel (1845)

§25 Rebekah Hyneman

"Sarah" (1846)

§26 Elizabeth Fries Ellet

Family Pictures from the Bible (1849)

§27 Catherine Hunt Putnam
The Gospel by Moses in the Book of Genesis (1854)

§28 Sophia Goodrich Ashton

The Mothers of the Bible (1855)

§29 Harriet Beecher Stowe

Women in Sacred History (1873)

§30 Etty Woosnam

The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)

§31 Julia Wedgwood

The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894)

§32 Clara Bewick Colby

The Woman's Bible (1895)

§33 Elizabeth Baxter

The Women in the Word (1897)

Conclusion

Part 3: Hagar-The Wanderer

§34 Sarah Trimmer

A Help to the Unlearned (1805)

§35 Sarah Hall

Conversations on the Bible (1818)

§36 Grace Aguilar

"The Wanderers" (1838)

§37 Penina Moise

"Genesis, Chap. XXI" (1842)

§38 Susan Warner

Walks from Eden (1866)

§39 Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)

House Beautiful (1868)

§40 Sarah Town Martyn

Women of the Bible (1868)

§41 Harriet Beecher Stowe

Women in Sacred History (1873) and Footsteps of the Master (1877)

§42 Etty Woosnam

The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)

§43 Mary Elizabeth Beck

Bible Readings on Bible Women (1892)

§44 Harriet Morton

From the Beginning or Stories from Genesis (1893)

§45 M. G.

Women like Ourselves (1893)

§46 Josephine Elizabeth Butler

The Lady of Shunem (1894)

§47 Sarah Elizabeth Turnock

The Women of the Bible (1898)

§48 Eloise Alberta Bibb

"The Expulsion of Hagar" (1895)

§49 Mary L. T. Witter

Angels (1900)

Conclusion

Part 4: Rebekah-Mother of Two Nations

§50 Frances Elizabeth King

Female Scripture Characters; Exemplifying Female Virtues (1813)

§51 Lady Morgan

Woman and Her Master (1840)

§52 Grace Aguilar

The Women of Israel (1845)

§53 Cecil Frances (Fanny) Alexander

"Isaac and Rebekah" (1854)

§54 Sarah Hale

Woman's Record (1855)

§55 Susan Warner Walks from Eden (1866)

§56 Etty Woosnam

The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)

§57 Elizabeth Julia Hasell

Bible Partings (1883)

§58 Mary L. T. Witter

The Edomites (1888)

§59 Mary Elizabeth Beck

Bible Readings on Bible Women (1892)

§60 M.G.

Women Like Ourselves (1893)

§61 Ada Ruth Habershon

The Study of the Types (1898)

Conclusion

Part 5: Leah and Rachel-Founder of the House of Israel

§62 Adelaide O'Keeffe

Patriarchal Times (1811)

§63 Mary Cornwallis

Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)

§64 Sarah Hall

Conversations on the Bible (1818)

§65 Grace Aguilar

The Women of Israel (1845)

§66 Clara Lucas Balfour

The Women of Scripture (1847)

§67 Sarah Hale

Woman's Record (1855)

§68 Constance and Annie de Rothschild

The History and Literature of the Israelites (1870)

§69 Harriet Beecher Stowe

Women in Sacred History (1873)

§70 Leigh Norval

Women of the Bible (1889)

§71 M. G.

Women Like Ourselves (1893)

§72 Elizabeth Baxter

The Woman in the Word (1897)

§73 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Clara Bewick Colby

The Woman's Bible (1895)

Conclusion

Part 6: Lot's Wife and Daughters, Dinah, Tamar, Potiphar's Wife-The Other Women of Genesis

Lot's Wife and Daughters

§74 Sarah Trimmer

A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)

§75 Mary Cornwallis

Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)

§76 Sarah Ewing Hall

Conversations on the Bible (1818)

§77 Eliza Smith

The Battles of the Bible (1852)

§78 Sophia Goodrich Ashton

The Mothers of the Bible (1877)

§79 Charlotte Mary Yonge

Young Folks' Bible History (1880)

§80 Etty Woosnam

The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)

§81 Mrs. Donaldson

Home Duties for Wives and Mothers, Illustrated by Women of Scripture (1882)

Dinah

§82 Sarah Trimmer

A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)

§83 Mary Cornwallis

Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)

§84 Sarah Hale

Woman's Record (1855)

§85 M. G.

Women Like Ourselves (1893)

Tamar

§86 Sarah Trimmer

A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of Holy Scripture (1805)

§87 Mary Cornwallis

Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)

§88 Sarah Hale

Woman's Record (1855)

Potiphar's Wife

§89 Mary Cornwallis

Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)

§90 Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lillie Devereux Blake

The Woman's Bible (1895)

Conclusion

Conclusion

Bibliography

Subject Index

Scripture Index

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