Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History
by Mercedes L. García Bachmann
SBL Press, 2013
Cloth: 978-1-58983-761-4 | eISBN: 978-1-58983-756-0 | Paper: 978-1-58983-755-3
Library of Congress Classification BS1199.W7G38 2013
Dewey Decimal Classification 221.83054


A thorough study of the socio-economic and literary contexts of women in the Deuteronomistic History

Mercedes L. García Bachmann examines the key texts in the Deuteronomistic History that mention women in service occupations: slaves and dependents, cooks, wet nurses, childcare givers, prostitutes, and scribes. The mostly anonymous women who performed this work for others are sometimes mentioned only in a single verse. Consequently, they often are as unrecognized in modern scholarship as they seem in the biblical text. García Bachmann shows that these women were honored not in relation to matters such as sexual purity or marital faithfulness but on account of the valuable service that they provided.

  • A close examination of unnamed women

  • A review of previous work in feminist, ancient Near Eastern, biblical, and social-scientific studies

  • Extensive coverage of Hebrew terms used for women workers

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