Gender and Law in the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East

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Victor H. Matthews, Bernard M. Levinson, Tikva Frymer-Kensky
A&C Black, Nov 11, 2004 - Religion - 256 pages
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This striking new contribution to gender studies demonstrates the essential role of Israelite and Near East law in the historical analysis of gender. The theme of these studies of Babylonian, Hittite, Assyrian, and Israelite law is this: What is the significance of gender in the formulation of ancient law and custom? Feminist scholarship is enriched by these studies in family history and the status of women in antiquity. At the same time, conventional legal history is repositioned, as new and classical texts are interpreted from the vantage point of feminist theory and social history. Papers from SBL Biblical Law Section form the core of this collection.
  

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The following editorial reviews were found on Eisenbrauns.com on February 15, 2011:
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"The important insights into the impact of gender on law offered by this book will be of interest for a broad range of scholars from a variety of disciplines: law, gender studies, biblical studies and history."
—S. Van Den Eynde, Heythrop Journal 41 (2000): 327-29.
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"These ten essays on issues of gender and law greatly add to the discussion which has increasingly come under consideration this past decade…. There is much in this collection of essays to challenge and stimulate its readers."
—Rivkah Harris, Journal of Law and Religion 17 (2002): 369-74.
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"This collection has much material of interest for the interpretation of legal texts in the Pentateuch and gender issues related to them."
—Richard S. Hess, Denver Journal 1 (1998).
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"Each of the papers strives to demonstrate the essential role of Israelite and Near Eastern law in the historical analysis of gender."
—Gary N. Knoppers, Review of Biblical Literature (1-15-2001)
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"The ten articles in this volume draw upon a number of diverse methodologies and disciplines."
—Tammi J. Schneider, Religious Studies Review 26 (2000): 368.
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"The essays in this volume represent two complementary ideas: the insight of Stanton that biblical law enforces and reinscribes degradation of women, and the possibility that the same Bible offers a corrective to that situation."
—Barbara Green, Catholic Biblical Quarterly 61 (1999): 820-21.
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". . . [eine] wichtige Aufsatzsammlung."
—Matthais Köckert, Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft 113 (2001): 299-300.
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Contents

From The Womans Bible to Gender and Law
7
MARC zvi BRETTLER
25
CAROL J DEMPSEY
57
TIKVA FRYMERKENSKY
79
VICTOR H MATTHEWS
97
GEOFFREY P MILLER
113
ECKART OTTO
128
Views of Women
147
MARTHA T ROTH
173
RAYMOND WESTBROOK
214
Index of References
239
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About the author (2004)

Victor Matthews is Professor of Religious Studies at Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, Missouri.
Tikva Frymer-Kensky was Professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Theology, University of Chicago. Bernard Levinson holds the Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible, Department of Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

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