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Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East
Stökl, Jonathan and Corrine L. Carvalho, editors

Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013 pp. xiv + 347. $41.95

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Description: Because gender is an essential component of societies of all times and places, it is no surprise that every prophetic expression in the ancient social world was a gendered one. In this volume scholars of the biblical literature and of the ancient Mediterranean consider a wide array of prophetic phenomena. In addition to prophetic texts of the Hebrew Bible, the essays also look at prophecy in ancient Mesopotamia and early Christianity. Using the most current theoretical categories, the volume demonstrates how essential a broad definition of gender is for understanding its connection to both the delivery and the content of ancient prophecy. Attention to gender dynamics will continue to reveal the fluidity of prophetic gender performance and to open up the ancient contexts of prophetic texts. The contributors are Roland Boer, Corrine Carvalho, Lester L. Grabbe, Anselm C. Hagedorn, Esther J. Hamori, Dale Launderville, Antti Marjanen, Martti Nissinen, Jonathan Stökl, Hanna Tervanotko, and Ilona Zsolnay.

Subjects: Bible, Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Prophetic Literature, Ancient Near East, Literature, Methods, Literary Approaches, Social-Scientific Approaches, Anthropology

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Review by John W. Hilber
Published 9/27/2014
Citation: John W. Hilber, review of Jonathan Stökl and Corrine L. Carvalho, eds., Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


Review by Ryan N. Roberts
Published 9/27/2014
Citation: Ryan N. Roberts, review of Jonathan Stökl and Corrine L. Carvalho, eds., Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2014).


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