Description: Fourteen years after eight male biblical scholars met in Philip Schaff’s study to create the Society of Biblical Literature and Exegesis, the Society admitted its first woman, Anna Ely Rhoads, in 1894. Since Rhoads joined, the careers and lives of women in SBL have changed radically from those earliest members, whose careers
were largely tied to the careers of their fathers or spouses and to institutions concerned with the education of young women. Current members now serve on editorial boards and committees; women present papers and publish books; they teach and mentor students. More than thirty leading women biblical scholars from around the world reflect on their experiences studying the Bible academically in
the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This volume is a valuable tool for scholars
and students interested in the lives and experiences of women in academic fields, the history of the SBL, and developments in the academic study of the Bible. Contributors include Jo-Ann Brant, Athalya Brenner-Idan, Gay L. Byron, Billie Jean Collins, April D. DeConick, Roxanna Flammini, Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Jacqueline M. Hidalgo, Lynn R. Huber, Amy-Jill Levine, Vanessa Lovelace, Christl M. Maier, Elizabeth Struthers Malbon, Madipoane Masenya (Ngwan’a Mphahlele), Carol Meyers, Kelly J. Murphy, Hindy Najmann, Beth Alpert Nakhai, Carol A. Newsom, Tina Pippin, Adele Reinhartz, Katherine Doob Sakenfeld, Sarah Shectman, Tammi J. Schneider, Elisabeth Schüssler-Fiorenza, Melissa Harl Sellew, Yak-hwee Tan, Marion Ann Taylor, and Gale A. Yee.
Subjects: Bible, Literature, Methods, Ideological Critique, Feminist Approaches, Womanist Approaches, Reception History
Review by Alice Ogden Bellis
Citation: Alice Ogden Bellis, review of Nicole L. Tilford, ed., Women and the Society of Biblical Literature, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2020).
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