Women in the Hebrew Bible: A Reader

Women in the Hebrew Bible: A Reader

by Alice Bach
     
 

Women in the Hebrew Bible presents the first one-volume overview covering the interpretation of women's place in man's world within the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Written by the major scholars in the field of biblical studies and literary theory, these essays examine attitudes toward women and their status in ancient Near Eastern societies, focusing on

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Women in the Hebrew Bible presents the first one-volume overview covering the interpretation of women's place in man's world within the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Written by the major scholars in the field of biblical studies and literary theory, these essays examine attitudes toward women and their status in ancient Near Eastern societies, focusing on the Israelite society portrayed by the Hebrew Bible.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415915601
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.10(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Note
Introduction: Man's World, Women's Place: Sexual Politics in the Hebrew Bible
The Social World of Women in Ancient Israel
The Place of Women in the Israelite Cultus3
"And the Women Knead Dough": The Worship of the Queen of Heaven in Sixth-Century Judah21
Women and the Domestic Economy of Early Israel33
Structure and Patriarchal Functions in the Biblical Betrothal Type-Scene: Some Preliminary Notes45
The Problem of the Body for the People of the Book53
Reading Women into Biblical Narratives
Status and Role of Female Heroines in the Biblical Narrative77
Woman and the Discourse of Patriarchal Wisdom: A Study of Proverbs 1-985
The Harlot as Heroine: Narrative Art and Social Presupposition in Three Old Testament Texts99
His Story Versus Her Story: Male Genealogy and Female Strategy in the Jacob Cycle119
The Literary Characterization of Mothers and Sexual Politics in the Hebrew Bible127
Who's Afraid of "The Endangered Ancestress"?141
Goddesses and Women of Magic
A Heifer from Thy Stable: On Goddesses and the Status of Women in the Ancient Near East159
The Queen Mother and the Cult in Ancient Israel179
The Wise Women of 2 Samuel: A Role Model for Women in Early Israel?195
Rereading Women in the Bible
Reading Strategies and the Story of Ruth211
"A Son is Born to Naomi!": Literary Allusions and Interpretation in the Book of Ruth233
The Seduction of Eve and the Exegetical Politics of Gender241
Genesis 22: The Sacrifice of Sarah271
Sexual Politics in the Hebrew Bible
Law and Philosophy: The Case of Sex in the Bible293
Eroticism and Death in the Tale of Jael305
Dealing/With/Women: Daughters in the Book of Judges317
Adultery in the House of David: The Metanarrative of Biblical Scholarship and the Narratives of the Bible335
Signs of the Flesh: Observations on Characterization in the Bible351
Sacrifice and Salvation: Otherness and Domestication in the Book of Judith367
Judith, Holding the Tale of Herodotus377
Feminist Identities in Biblical Interpretation
Rereading the Body Politic: Women and Violence in Judges 21389
Transforming the Nature of Community: Toward a Feminist People of Israel403
With a Song in Her Heart: Listening to Scholars Listening for Miriam419
Roundtable Discussion: Women with Disabilities - A Challenge to Feminist Theology429
A Case History: Numbers 5:11-31
Introduction to A Case History461
The Strange Case of the Suspected Sotah (Numbers V 11-31)463
The Case of the Suspected Adulteress, Numbers 5:11-31: Redaction and Meaning475
Numbers 5 and the "Waters of Judgment"483
Accusations of Adultery: A Study of Law and Scribal Practice in Numbers 5:11-31487
Good to the Last Drop: Viewing the Sotah (Numbers 5.11-31) as the Glass Half Empty and Wondering How to View It Half Full503
Bibliographies
Feminist Bibliography: Bible523
Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies533
Permissions Acknowledgments537

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