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|Title: Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women|
By: Edited by Carol Meyers
Number of Pages: 606
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2001
|Dimensions: 9.50 X 7.50 X 1.5 (inches)|
Weight: 2 pounds 8 ounces
Stock No: WW49628
The women of scripture are remarkably varied--from prophets to prostitutes, military heroines to musicians, deacons to dancers, widows to wet nurses, rulers to slaves. Here are familiar faces, such as Eve, Judith, and Mary, seen anew with the full benefit of the most up-to-date biblical scholarship. But the most innovative aspect of the book is the section devoted to the many women who in the scriptures do not even have names.
In both scope and accessibility, Women in Scripture is an exceptional work. Combining rigorous scholarship with engaging prose, these articles on women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical books, and the New Testament will inform, delight, and challenge all readers interested in the Bible.
When 70 Jewish and Christian scholars collaborate on a one-volume catalog reference work such as this, the result is sure to be of unprecedented proportions. This is what the editors of Women in Scripture had hoped when they started this project, and they were not disappointed.
Women in Scripture combines over 800 articles about every woman in the Bible in a comprehensive, easy-to-read format. Set up in three sections (Named Women, Unnamed Women, and Female Deities and Personifications), it is encyclopedic in its accessibility, yet textual in its readability.
The articles themselves range from one paragraph to two pages in length. Where a woman or deity is named, a brief etymology is provided. Their intention is generally to provide a utility for exegetical study, but this resource will prove invaluable to anyone who wants to learn more about the many female characters in the Bible. Often, extrabiblical texts are used to provide insight about the context of the person’s life. Almost every author includes a list of sources for additional reading with each article.
Along with the individual articles, this work includes six introductory essays that could stand alone as a guide to reading the Bible. These essays, including “Critical Biblical Scholarship” and “The Hebrew Bible,” provide necessary background information for each chapter while also giving insight into the reasoning behind the text’s organization.
While the scholarship of these texts is unquestioned, it does not consistently represent a typical evangelical understanding of the Bible. Authors are often quick to write off biblical characters as fictional without any conclusive evidence. The editors also made a strong effort to equally represent the Jewish, Catholic and Protestant worldviews. While this makes for difficult reading at times, it is almost always clear which worldview is being characterized. The scope and accessibility of this text, however, far outweigh this shortcoming.
Clearly this is a necessary addition to every Christian’s library. This wealth of information promotes both biblical equality and understanding without exception.
---Used with permission from Christians for Biblical Equality
"This is itthe one indispensable resource for anyone seriously interested in understanding the hundreds of women who appear in the Bible. Balanced, accurate, and fascinating to peruse and consult."
Roland E. Murphy
"By means of adroit organization and close textual reading, the invisible have become visible; the hidden influence of women, named and unnamed, in biblical times is now manifest from the hundreds of entries in this handy encyclopedia."
"This is the most thorough and systematic survey ever undertaken of women in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. The editors have gathered articles by the finest scholars, who present the most up-to-date results of biblical scholarship on women. An indispensable companion for anyone studying the Bible."
The Christian Science Monitor
"Women in Scripture is a remarkable reference book here to stay."
"Prophets, poets, prostitutes and all other women named and unnamed in the Bible are finally given their due in what is not your usual biblical dictionary."
"Splendid. . . A monumental reference work that resurrects women from anonymity."