Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament (Google eBook)

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Carol L. Meyers, Toni Craven, Ross Shepard Kraemer
Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2001 - Religion - 592 pages
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Available here for the first time in paperback, Women in Scripture is a landmark one-volume reference work exploring all the women mentioned in the Bible, named and unnamed, well known and heretofore not known at all. The book comprises more than 800 articles, written by the finest scholars in the field, that examine the numerous women who have often been obscured by the androcentric nature of the biblical record and by centuries of translation and interpretation that have paid little or no attention to them. The women of scripture are remarkably varied from prophets to prostitutes, military heroines to musicians, deacons to dancers, widows to wet nurses, rulers to slaves. Here are familiar faces, such as Eve, Judith, and Mary, seen anew with the full benefit of the most up-to-date biblical scholarship. But the most innovative aspect of the book is the section devoted to the many women who in the scriptures do not even have names. In both scope and accessibility, Women in Scripture is an exceptional work. Combining rigorous scholarship with engaging prose, these articles on women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, and the New Testament will inform, delight, and challenge all readers interested in the Bible.
  

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This splendid reference describes every woman in Jewish and Christian scripture--with or without names--plus female dieties and personifications. The many "unnamed" women--identified by their husband ... Read full review

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Very informative about the queen of heaven in Jeremiah 7:18 and Jeremiah 44. When I asked a young priest of ROME why 'Mary' is called the 'queen of heaven', when that term is only used in the Bible in reference to the Mother of BAAL, the Sun God, this young priest finally fell silent, before admitting that "There was an ancient pagan myth about an angry young god who never refused a request of his much more loving, compassionate and merciful MOTHER!"
And later, when I asked him what that had to do with Catholicism, he gulped before meekly saying, "When the ancient ROMAN Empire conquered the surrounding pagan nations, since they were all illiterate, WE couldn't very well give them BIBLEs to read! So WE just gave all their pagan idols and traditions 'Christian' names."
Then he appeared to gulp, as he meekly added, "Thereby WE made Whole Nations 'Christian' overnight."?!?
(I go into a little more depth in "The Priest's Confessions") Soon to be published on the web!)
 

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Contents

The ApocryphalDeuterocononical Books
358
The New Testament
407
FEMALE DEITIES AND PERSONIFICATIONS
505
Additional Ancient Sources
557
Abbreviations
565
Bibliography
567
Illustration Credits
591
Acknowledgments
592

The Hebrew Bible
175

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About the author (2001)

Toni Craven is the I. Wiley and Elizabeth M. Briscoe Professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University. She has published several books on the Bible.

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