A Question of Sex?: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond
Rooke, Deborah W., editor
Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix, 2007 pp. x + 184. $90.00
Hebrew Bible Monographs, 14
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Description: Gender differences between men and women are not just a matter of sexual differentiation; the roles that men and women play are also socially and culturally determined, in ancient Israel and post-biblical Judaism as in every other context. That is the theme of these ten studies. The first part of the volume examines the gender definitions and roles that can be identified in the Hebrew Bible’s legal and ritual texts. The second part uses archaeological and anthropological perspectives to interrogate the biblical text and the society that formed it on issues of gender. The third part explores similar gender issues in a range of material outside the Hebrew Bible, from the Apocrypha through Josephus and Philo down to mediaeval Jewish marriage contracts (ketubbot).
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible / Old Testament, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches
Review by Athalya Brenner
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Citation: Athalya Brenner, review of Deborah W. Rooke, ed., A Question of Sex?: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).
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