Mothers of Promise: Women in the Book of Genesis

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Baker Academic, Aug 1, 2008 - Religion - 240 pages
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Eve, Noah's wife, Sarah, Tamar, Asenath, and others played a critical role in shaping the nation and faith of Israel. But we need to look closely at their stories to fully understand their impact. Respected Hebrew scholar and archaeologist Tammi Schneider takes us into the biblical account by carefully reading the stories of all the women in Genesis and illuminating the text with cultural background and archaeological insights. Her careful and creative approach challenges traditional ways of seeing these women and gives a fresh perspective on familiar stories. The result is a readable, thoughtful, and biblically grounded look at the roles and functions of Genesis women and a solid resource for studies of Genesis, women in the Bible, and women's issues.
 

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Contents

Acknowledgments
9
Part
12
Matriarchs
15
Rebekah
41
Leah
63
Rachel
79
Review of Part 1
95
Mothers of Potential Heirs or Slaves Concubines Daughters
101
Zilpah
126
Women Who Do Not Bear
195
Deborah
206
Review of Part 4
214
Bibliography
220
Index of Biblical References
226
Index of Subjects
232
Copyright

Esaus Wives
120

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Tammi J. Schneider (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She is the author of Sarah: Mother of Nations and a commentary on Judges in the Berit Olam series.

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