Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context

Paperback | January 1, 1991

byCarol Meyers

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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 ancientIsraelite 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 villagelife 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.

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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 ancientIsraelite women because urban elite males wro...

Carol Meyers is Professor of Religion at Duke University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.99 × 5.31 × 0.51 inPublished:January 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195065816

ISBN - 13:9780195065817

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"This book makes a significant contribution to the field. Nothing of its kind is presently available. The clarity of style and avoidance of technical jargon should render it accessible to the general reader. The book will certainly be an important resource for women's studies courses,courses on women in the Bible, and general Old Testament survey courses."--J. Cheryl Exum, Boston College