for Poor Banished Children of Eve
"Poor Banished Children of Eve is a tour de force. In this proi'ocative and methodologically sophisticated work Gale Yee takes feminist scholarship on the Hebrew Bible to new levels. Combining traditional feminist critique with analyses of ethnicity, class, and colonial status, Yee discloses the complex forces that invisibly shape the symbolic representation of women. Even skeptics of materialist approaches will learn much from these studies. This book is essential reading for all who are interested in the future of feminist study of the Hebrew Bible."
—Carol A. Newsom
editor of The Women's Bible Commentary
"Using materialist-feminist analysis, Yee studies texts from the tenth century B.C.E. to the post-exilic period where female' is a signifying code for 'evil.' With keen insight and careful methodological controls, the author situates the Hebrew Bible's gender ideologies within the interlocking systems of racism, classism and colonialism in biblical Israel. This focus, wed to close textual readings, makes this work a welcome entry point into ideological criticism of texts whose ostensible subject is gender. For someone who is serious about the Bible or justice, this book is a 'must-have.'"
author of Smooth Words:
Women, Proverbs, and Performance in Biblical Wisdom
"Yee's book was satisfying and provocative in equal measure. It sets a new standard for feminist analysis of texts from the Hebrew Scriptures by reaching a new level of historical sophistication. Yee demonstrates brilliantly how ideological criticism of biblical texts can benefit from an adroit grasp of the complexities of ideology coupled with a comprehensive and nuanced social-historical perspective."
author of Power, Politics, and the Making of the Bible