Fischer, Irmtraud and Mercedes Navarro Puerto, editors
Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011 pp. viii + 490. $59.95
The Bible and Women: An Encyclopedia of Exegesis and Cultural History
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Description: This volume is the first in The Bible and Women series, which presents a new interpretation of the Bible and its reception in the West focused on the history of women and issues of gender. It introduces the series, explaining the choice of the Hebrew canon in connection with the Christian tradition and opening the way for a changed view of women throughout the series. The contributors explore the theological meaning of the collection of canonical writings and the social-historical background of ancient Near Eastern womenís lives, both of which play key roles in the series. Turning to the Pentateuch, essays address a variety of texts and issues still relevant today, such as creation and male-female identity in the image of God, womenís roles in the genealogies of the Pentateuch and in salvation history, the rights and responsibilities of women according to the Hebrew Bibleís legal and ritual texts, and how archaeology and iconography can illustrate the texts of the Torah.
Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Pentateuch, Literature
Review by Elaine T. James
Citation: Elaine T. James, review of Irmtraud Fischer and Mercedes Navarro Puerto, eds., Torah, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).
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