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.
Bach (religious studies, Stanford Univ.), author of Women, Seduction, and Betrayal in Biblical Narrative (Cambridge Univ., 1997), has compiled a fascinating collection of nearly 40 essays on attitudes toward women and their status in early biblical times. Top scholars in the field--Esther Fuchs, Susan Ackerman, Howard Eilberg-Schwartz, Bach herself, and many others--analyze the lives and roles of the "wives" (Sarah, Rebekah, Leah), the "Good Girls" (Ruth, Esther, Judith), the "Bad Girls" (Eve, Delilah, Bathsheba, Jezebel), the "Sad Girls" (Lot's daughters, Dinah), the "Women Warriors" (Miriam, Deborah), the "Amazing Women" (the Medium of Endor, the Wise Women of Tekoa, the Playmate of God), and the ordinary women in extraordinary and revelatory depth. Included are extensive notes and bibliographies, though, alas, no index or author credits. Students and scholars in the fields of Hebrew studies, biblical history, and feminism will revel in the complex insights here, though general readers may have trouble. Highly recommended for special collections.--Marcia G. Welsh, Guilford Free Lib., CT
The Old Testament is viewed from 35 feminist perspectives (1974-97) on: the social world of women in ancient Israel, reading women into biblical narratives, goddesses and women of magic, rereading women in the Bible, sexual politics, feminist identities in biblical interpretations, and Numbers 5:11-31 as a case history. The bibliography branches into feminist studies and more general theological references. Lacks an index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Alice Bach is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University and the editor of Biblicon, a journal of Bible, media, and culture. She is the author of Women, Seduction, and Betrayal in Biblical Narrative (1997) as well as numerous award-winning children's books.
is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Stanford University. She is the author of Women,Seduction, and Betrayal in Biblical Narrative (1997) and editor of several scholarly articles, including BiblicalGlamour and Hollywood Glitz. She is also the author of numerous award-winning children's books.