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Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context

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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 ancient Israelite women because urban elite males wrote the vast majority of the scriptura ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 10th 1991 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published November 24th 1988)
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Once again, I am taking a class at Randolph-Macon College. This time I am learning about women and Judaism. This was the first text for the class. This book was published in 1988 and I wish I had encountered it before. Meyers does a good job of showing scholars and students that using the Bible to reconstruct ancient Israeli women's everyday lives does not really help us understand those lives. Given who probably wrote the Bible, they did not have the same experience as rural women. I am gratefu ...more
Aug 13, 2014 Dahreen rated it really liked it
This was an excellent book! I wish there was more, so hopefully Meyers' other book, "Rediscovering Eve" will shed some more light on what she didn't go in depth on in this book. The bulk of this book discussed the difficulty in defining a concrete idea of what life was like not only for Israelite women, but agrarian Israelite life in general, because the androcentric bias of the Hebrew Bible reflects the language, events, and ideas of monarchy, priests, and nobility, rather than the general agra ...more
Jan 23, 2015 Lois rated it really liked it
The author executes a balanced and unbiased examination of ancient Israelite women by exploring both archaeology and Scripture. Although I disagree on some perspectives on the formation of the canon, I was fascinated by the translation and interpretation of passages in Genesis, Song of Solomon, and others. This is a great resource to anyone interested in studies of woman roles, especially Jews.
Jun 01, 2008 Laura rated it really liked it
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So far so good... it's a more intellectually stimulating book than I've read since my feminist lit classes in college, but it's been genuinely interesting, as well. A good base for study and understanding of ancient women. I've been pleasantly surprised at the decidedly non-radical feminist approach it takes, to the point of defending patriarchal societies instead of rallying against male domination. Mirrors more closely my own beliefs than many of the worlds' studies of women, in that women can ...more
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