Mothers of Promise : Women in the Book of Genesis

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  • Copyright: 2008-08-01
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
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Eve, Noah's wife, Sarah, Tamar, Asenath, and others played a critical role in shaping the nation and faith of Israel. But we need to look closely at their stories to fully understand their impact. Respected Hebrew scholar and archaeologist Tammi Schneider takes us into the biblical account by carefully reading the stories of all the women in Genesis and illuminating the text with cultural background and archaeological insights. Her careful and creative approach challenges traditional ways of seeing these women and gives a fresh perspective on familiar stories. The result is a readable, thoughtful, and biblically grounded look at the roles and functions of Genesis women and a solid resource for studies of Genesis, women in the Bible, and women's issues.

Author Biography

Tammi J. Schneider (PhD, University of Pennsylvania) is professor of religion at Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She is the author of Sarah: Mother of Nations and a commentary on Judges in the Berit Olam series.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 10
Matriarchsp. 15
Sarahp. 19
Rebekahp. 41
Leahp. 63
Rachelp. 79
Review of Part 1p. 95
Mothers of Potential Heirs (or Slaves, Concubines, Daughters, and Daughters-in-Law)p. 101
Hagarp. 103
Esau's Wivesp. 120
Zilpahp. 126
Bilhahp. 131
Dinahp. 138
Mrs. Judahp. 148
Tamarp. 151
Asenathp. 161
Review of Part 2p. 164
Mothers Who Predate the Promisep. 167
Evep. 169
Adah and Zillahp. 175
Milcahp. 179
Mrs. Lotp. 183
Lot's Daughtersp. 186
Review of Part 3p. 193
Women Who Do Not Bearp. 195
The Woman in the Gardenp. 197
Deborahp. 206
Mrs. Potipharp. 209
Review of Part 4p. 214
Conclusionsp. 217
Bibliographyp. 220
Index of Biblical Referencesp. 226
Index of Subjectsp. 232
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