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Women's Lives in Biblical Times

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ISBN-13: 9780567196446
Published: 13/05/2010
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This volume describes the lifecycle events and daily life activities experienced by girls and women in ancient Israel examining recent biblical scholarship and other textual evidence from the ancient Near East and Egypt including archaeological, iconographic and ethnographic data. From this Ebeling creates a detailed, accessible description of the lives of women living in the central highland villages of Iron Age I (ca. 1200-1000 BCE) Israel. The book opens with an introduction that provides a brief historical survey of Iron Age (ca. 1200-586 BCE) Israel, a discussion of the problems involved in using the Hebrew Bible as a source, a rationale for the project and a brief narrative of one woman's life in ancient Israel to put the events described in the book into context. It continues with seven thematic chapters that chronicle her life, focusing on the specific events, customs, crafts, technologies and other activities in which an Israelite female would have participated on a daily basis.
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"An explosion of fiction focusing on female biblical characters (most notably, Anita Diamant's 1997 novel The Red Tent) spurred archeologist and scholar Jennie R. Ebeling to writer her own book, one that would be less dramatic but perhaps present a more realistic, complex picture of women's everyday lives in ancient Israel. While the core of Women's Lives in Biblical Times is nonfictional, Ebeling brings the subject to life in the person of 'Orah, ' a hypothetical woman living in a small village of the central highlands in the Iron Age 1 (circa 1200-1000 B.C.)...[While] we marvel at the stark differences between Orah's life and that of a modern Western woman, Ebeling connects the reader to this imagined woman's humanity, bringing the past to life in fascinating detail."-Teresa Malcolm, National Catholic Reporter, July 9, 2010--Sanford Lakoff

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Jennie R. Ebeling

Jennie R. Ebeling is Associate Professor of Archaeology at the University of Evansville

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