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Early Jewish Writings
edited by Eileen Schuller and Marie-Theres Wacker
SBL Press, 2017
eISBN: 978-0-88414-232-4 | Paper: 978-1-62837-183-3 | Cloth: 978-0-88414-233-1
Library of Congress Classification BS521.4.E27 2017
Dewey Decimal Classification 296.1082


New from the Bible and Women Series

This collection of essays deals with aspects of women and gender relations in early Judaism (during the Persian, Greek, and Roman empires). Some essays focus on specific writings: the Greek (Septuagint) version of Esther, Judith, Joseph and Aseneth, and the Letter of Jeremiah. Others explore how certain biblical texts are reinterpreted: Eve in the Life of Adam and Eve,
the mixing of the sons of God with the daughters of men from Genesis 6:1–4, the Egyptian princess at the birth of Moses, and how Josephus retells biblical stories. The third group of essays explore specific social contexts: Philo's views of women in the Roman empire, the Sectarian Dead Sea Scrolls, and women philosophers of the Therapeutae in Egyptian Alexandria.


  • An International team of contributors from Europe and North America

  • A breadth of materials covered, including many lesser-known early Jewish writings

  • Focus is on a gendered perspective and gender specific questions

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