Assertive Biblical Women

Assertive Biblical Women

Assertive Biblical Women

Assertive Biblical Women

Synopsis

Most of the women described in this study were atypical biblical women. Israelite women, like women in most cultures of the world, had status principally within the home. However, exceptional women occasionally had prominent roles outside the home and dared to assert themselves. The chapters contain biographical sketches, with comparisons to contemporary women's roles, of two dozen women. Beginning with Sarah of Ur and ending with Priscilla of Rome, their lives range over an era of nearly two millennia.

Excerpt

Much of my writing has grown out of my interest in gender issues. In Influential Theologies on Wo/Man (1980) and in Genesis and Gender (1989) as well as in this study, I have examined some past successes and failures pertaining to male/female equality in the Judeo-Christian tradition.

I regard myself as a feminist in that I am devoted to equal opportunity and justice between the sexes. Due to the lack of a good gender-neutral term for a person with such an outlook, many assume that being female is prerequisite to being a feminist. I find it disconcerting that most writings pertaining to male/female equality are by women, even as most writings pertaining to black/white equality are by blacks. Likewise, mainly women are involved in women's study courses as are blacks in Afro-American departments. Accusations of self-serving advocacy would be mitigated and dialogue would be enriched if the issues were more widely addressed by those who have traditionally been the oppressors as well as by those who have been the oppressed.

I am grateful to President Dorothy MacConkey and Dean Abbott Brayton for granting me a sabbatical from teaching in the Religion and Philosophy Department of Davis and Elkins College. I am also . . .

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