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Households and Holiness: The Religious Culture of Israelite Women (Facets) [Paperback]

By Carol Meyers (Author)
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This brief study provides a clear an succinct overview of the role women played in ancient Israelite religion. Meyers points out that too many scholars have left women out of the picture of Israelite religion all together, and that others have treated them simply as part of "non-orthodox" official religion. The author stresses the diversity of religious practices in ancient Israel and that we should not be misled by the ancient editors of the biblical material who were urban elite males. This means taking in to account "magic" as an important avenue of inquiry, as well as "practices" (not just beliefs). Archaeology provides other clues, such as figurines of female deities; pillar-figurines; amulets; and "cultic assemblages" of numerous lamps, beads, shells, rattles, and inscriptions. Ethnohistory provides insights into the biblical text, especially into questions of fertility and birth rites, naming, circumcision, protective jewelry, and exorcisms.

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This brief study provides a clear and succinct overview of the role women played in ancient religion.

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Studio: Fortress Press
Pages   105
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.02" Width: 4.3" Height: 0.32"
Weight:   0.24 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 26, 2005
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series  Facets  
ISBN  0800637313  
ISBN13  9780800637316  

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Carol Meyers holds the Mary Grace Wilson Professorship in Religion at Duke University. A specialist in biblical studies and archaeology, she is a prominent scholar in the study of women in the biblical world and a trustee of the American Schools of Oriental Research and of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. She also serves on the board of directors of the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation and is president-elect of the Society of Biblical Literature.

Carol Meyers currently resides in Durham, in the state of North Carolina. Carol Meyers has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke University Duke University, North Carolina Duke University, North.

Carol Meyers has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Biblical Scholarship in North America
  2. New Cambridge Bible Commentary
  3. Oxford Paperbacks

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a short and lacking treatment  Aug 28, 2007
Carol Myers' treatment of ancient Israelite domestic, mainly female religion in Households and Holiness suffers from too much compression of its subject matter. Myers meant this to be a short treatment, but it is entirely too short to do justice to the wealth of ideas present. At best, this work can be the jumping off point for further research into introductory material on ancient Israelite domestic religion.
It's a very small short book with an original premise.   Dec 21, 2006
Meyers maintains that many of women's ancient religious practices took place in the home not the temples and have therefore been overlooked by Biblical scholars. In order to get an accurate picture of the religious lives of ancient Hebrew women one must take into account all aspects of archeology, ethnography, and anthropology as well as Biblical texts and put them into context.

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