Discovering Eve Ancient Israelite Women in Context

ISBN-10: 0195065816
ISBN-13: 9780195065817
Edition: 1988 (Reprint)
Authors: Carol L. Meyers
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Description: This groundbreaking study looks beyond biblical texts, which have had a powerful influence over our views of women's roles and worth, in order to reconstruct the typical everyday lives of women in ancient Israel. Meyers argues that biblical sources  More...

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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/10/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

This groundbreaking study looks beyond biblical texts, which have had a powerful influence over our views of women's roles and worth, in order to reconstruct the typical everyday lives of women in ancient Israel. Meyers argues that biblical sources alone do not give a true picture of ancient Israelite women because urban elite males wrote the vast majority of the scriptural texts and the stories of women in the Bible concern exceptional individuals rather than ordinary Israelite women. Analyzing the biblical material in light of recent archaeological discoveries about rural village life in ancient Palestine, Meyers depicts Israelite women not as submissive chattel in an oppressive patriarchy, but rather as strong and significant actors within their families and society.

Preface
Note on Translations, Transcriptions, and Documentation
Eve as the Symbol of Women: Understanding the Task
The Problem of Patriarchy
Setting the Scene: The Highland Environment of Ancient Israel
The Genesis Paradigms for Female Roles, Part I: Genesis 2-3
The Genesis Paradigms for Female Roles, Part Ii: Genesis 3: 16
Household Functions and Female Roles
Reconstructing Gender Relationships
Epilogue: the Monarchy and Beyond
Notes
Bibliography
Index of Scriptural References
General Index

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