Women in the Biblical Tradition

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The majority of essays in this innovative collection discuss biblical narratives that mention particular women: Hannah, Martha, Mary, Mary of Clopas, Michal, Susanna, the Syrophenician Woman, the Samaritan Woman, Tamar, and others. In each case the discussion has a novel aspect: the chauvinism of recent Bible translations, the place of Cynic philosophy in first century Palestine, the problem of the work ethic, the questioning of Jesus' attitude to women, early Christian missionary activity. Other essays discuss methodological issues: the inheritance of the daughters of Zelophehad is assessed from the perspective of social anthropology; the significance of the femininity of Wisdom is analyzed with historical critical rigor; the parables of the lost are examined from the point of view of post-modernist feminism; the logic of the passages about women in Paul's correspondence with Corinth is reconsidered.


". . . represents a wide range of approaches and covers a wide range of texts from the Old Testament, the inter-testamental period, and the New Testament. . . . The articles which stand out in this volume are innovative with respect to their use of various approaches to the biblical text, at the same time giving scrupulous attention to historical-critical issues and a close reading of the text." - Biblical Interpretation

“. . . an interesting variety of topics is addressed, a high measure of academic integrity is evident in their presentation and the interaction with earlier studies is stimulating. . . It is interesting to note that less than half the contributions are by women. The honesty of the male authors is appreciated, not least by this reviewer. The lack of advocacy is commendable. Unusually in a series of contributions the quality of research is uniformly high.” – Elizabeth Clark in Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology

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