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Frauen im antiken Judentum und frühen Christentum
Frey, Jörg and Nicole Rupschus, editors

Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2019 pp. viii + 320. $139.00

Series Information
Wissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zum Neuen Testament, 489

Description: Published in German. In a wide historical framework, the present volume discusses the legal and social roles and positions of women in ancient Judaism, early Christianity, and the surrounding Greco-Roman world. Sources investigated are documentary texts from Egypt and the Judaean desert, selected writings from the Dead Sea and texts from the Hellenistic-Jewish, early Christian, and Rabbinic traditions. The essays discuss issues of the liturgical function of women, their legal position with regard to marriage and property, piety and purity issues as well as the problems of daily life, but also narrative images, role models and clichés. The combination of historical source analysis and the approaches of gender studies leads to a more precise perception of the construction of those images and patterns and their effects in the various ancient cultures. Contributors include Michael Beker, Christfried Böttrich, Kimberley Czajkowski, Beate Ego, Tal Ilan, Stephanie Janz, Christian M. Kreinecker, Annette Merz, Michael Sommer, Angela Standhartinger, and Cecilia Wassén.

Subjects: Bible, Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha, Early Christian Literature, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Judaism, Greco-Roman Period, Ideological Critique

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Review by Catherine Hezser
Published 6/18/2020
Citation: Catherine Hezser, review of Jörg Frey and Nicole Rupschus, eds., Frauen im antiken Judentum und frühen Christentum, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).


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