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Women in the biblical world : a study guide
Gruber, Mayer I. (Mayer Irwin)
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volumes <1 > ; 23 cm.
v. 1. Women in the world of Hebrew scripture.
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BS680.W7 G68 1995 V.1 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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"Women's history" has emerged as an independent discipline because women have been written out of the history of Western civilization as commonly taught and researched. Likewise, feminist interpretation of the Bible (often called feminist hermeneutics) grew out of the realization that conscious and unconscious sexism had often led scholars and students to ignore and even obscure the substantial role of women and womanhood in Hebrew Scripture. Women in the Biblical World provides scholars, clergy, seminarians, college students, and others with access to books and articles--both technical and semi-popular--that shed light on the role of women in Hebrew Scripture. The guide demonstrates that the study of women and womanhood in the biblical world has assumed special importance during the two great periods of struggle for women's rights--the 1890s and the last quarter of the 20th century. However, this guide also demonstrates that the public role of women and womanhood in the ancient Near East was so great that scholarship has never been able to ignore it.

Author Notes

Mayer I. Gruber is Associate Professor in the Department of the Bible & Ancient Near East at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheva, Israel.

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Gruber's bibliography is divided into 18 sections ranging from "Women in Hebrew Scriptures" to "Women and Womanhood at Ugarit" and contains works dating from 1779 to 1993, with a concentration on post-1970 literature, as if to prove the author's claim that secondary scholarship on women in the Bible was generally neglected until then. A search in Religion Indexes of the American Theological Library Association (ATLA), however, finds numerous sources from 1949 to the present not cited in this list of 2,964 works. Gruber includes books, articles (both scholarly and semipopular), collections, and unpublished theses. He claims his bibliography differs from others on the topic by including works in modern Hebrew and Arabic. He lists such references in English translation (his?) with the original language noted in parentheses, a method that may make locating the original difficult. There are author and subject indexes, as well as an index of biblical references. Gruber's work might be recommended to a specialist in the field as a handy reference for bibliographic citation and for some of the rarer items, but its cumbersome format makes it less appealing (and less useful) to most users than ATLA's Indexes. V. R. Hotchkiss Southern Methodist University