Women's Bible Commentary

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In the critically acclaimed best-seller, Women's Bible Commentary, an outstanding group of women scholars introduced and summarized each book of the Bible and commented on those sections of each book that have particular relevence to women, focusing on female charecters, symbols, life situations such as marriage and family, the legal status of women, and religious principles that affect relationships of women and men. Now, this expanded edition provides similar insights on the Apocrypha, presenting a significant view of the lives and religious experiences of women as well as attitudes toward women in the Second Temple period. This expanded edition sets a new standard for women's and biblical studies.

This groundbreaking commentary gathers the work of many outstanding women scholars who offer a general introduction for each book of the Bible and then focus on portions that deal with female characters, symbols, life situations such as marriage and family, the legal status of women, and religious principles that affect relationships of women and men.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
The past two decades have seen the growth of feminist biblical studies into a significant force within biblical scholarship. This landmark work brings the fruits of these labors together into a single fascinating collection. Like previous single-volume commentaries, this provides introduction and comments on each book of the Protestant Bible (with a brief treatment of the apocryphal writings). Unlike the others, however, this work is not a traditional commentary, which entails explaining the whole of each biblical book. Rather, the writers focus on ``portions . . . that deal explicitly with female characters and symbols . . . and sections that bear upon the condition of women generally.'' Although the contributors share this goal, they take different paths. In addition to the commentary itself, there are helpful essays on feminist hermeneutics and daily life in biblical times. This commentary will raise eyebrows, and it will raise consciousness as well. It will not be well received in all quarters, but it is essential for those who are seriously interested in biblical and feminist studies. Recommended for seminary, university, and public libraries.-- Craig W. Beard, Univ. of Alabama at Birmingham Lib.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780664257811
  • Publisher: Presbyterian Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Edition description: Expanded Edition
  • Pages: 528
  • Sales rank: 809,929
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol A. Newsom is Charles Howard Candler Professor of Old Testament at Candler School of Theology, Emory University, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is on the editorial advisory board of the Old Testament Library series.

Sharon H. Ringe is Professor of New Testament at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

When Women Interpret the Bible 1
Genesis 10
Exodus 26
Leviticus 36
Numbers 45
Deuteronomy 52
Joshua 63
Judges 67
Ruth 78
1 and 2 Samuel 85
1 and 2 Kings 96
1 and 2 Chronicles 110
Ezra-Nehemiah 116
Esther 124
Job 130
Psalms 137
Proverbs 145
Ecclesiastes 153
Song of Songs 156
Isaiah 161
Jeremiah 169
Lamentations 178
Ezekiel 183
Daniel and Its Additions 191
Hosea 195
Joel 203
Amos 205
Obadiah 210
Jonah 212
Micah 215
Nahum 217
Habakkuk 222
Zephaniah 225
Haggai 228
Zechariah 230
Malachi 232
The Apocrypha 235
Everyday Life: Women in the Period of the Hebrew Bible 244
Matthew 252
Mark 263
Luke 275
John 293
Acts 305
Romans 313
1 Corinthians 321
2 Corinthians 330
Galatians 333
Ephesians 338
Philippians 343
Colossians 346
1 Thessalonians 349
2 Thessalonians 351
1 Timothy 353
2 Timothy 359
Titus 361
Philemon 362
Hebrews 364
James 368
1 Peter 370
2 Peter 373
1, 2, and 3 John 374
Jude 376
Revelation 377
Early Extracanonical Writings 383
Everyday Life: Women in the Period of the New Testament 390
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  • Posted December 15, 2011

    Helpful, but biased

    Great Bible commentary to go to if you are looking for a perspective that focuses on women. Each entry is by a different author, and some authors are more grounded than others. For example, the entry on the book of Leviticus offers sound scholarship with a literary reading of the text. Some entries, such as the one on 2 Timothy, can leave out information to give the text either a strong anti-women or pro-women cast, that the text simply does not live up to when read as a whole.

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