From Library Journal
This is an important, even groundbreaking study of women's culture. Kraemer provides careful analyses of the worship of Greek goddesses, Adonis, Dionysius Isis, the Judeo-Christain God, and heretical worship. She also discusses women's religious rites, offices, and leadership. Kraemer stresses the sociological theories of Mary Douglas in her analysis, supplemented by a broad range of interdisciplinary scholarship. Her tentative theory of women's religions is very thought-provoking. For most collections.
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"A fascinating presentation of ideas."--Sr. M. Felicity Dorsett, University of St. Francis
"We now have an inexpensive soft-cover edition of a very good book....Professor Kraemer has read an enormous amount, synthesized it well, and, blessedly, writes a crisp, jargon-free prose....It is hard to think of a more useful work as a survey of the evidence--enhanced by very full notes, a good index, and a bibliography for further reading."--Commonweal
"Ross Shepard Kraemer has managed to recover fascinating and detailed descriptions of women's religious activities and beliefs in the Greco-Roman world."--The WomanSource Catalog and Review
"An important, even groundbreaking study of women's culture....Very thought provoking."--Library Journal
"An unexcelled source for information about women's religions in Rome....Provides fascinating material rarely encountered in other works on the subject."--Booklist
"Lively and accurate. It shows us how well feminist scholarship can operate, and it answers presiously neglected questions."--The Christian Century
"A bold new synthesis of the sources for women's religions in the Greco-Roman world which historians of women (including Kraemer herself) have painstakingly collected and analyzed over the past decades. This book is rare in that it is a truly sympathetic reading of the full variety of available sources on women's religion."--Bernadette J. Brooten, Harvard University, The Divinity School
"Clear, concise, and comprehensive, this book fills the long-standing need for a single-volume comparative study of women's religious activities in the Greco-Roman world. It will appeal to both general readers and specialists in several scholarly disciplines."--Sarah B. Pomeroy, Hunter College and The Graduate School, C.U.N.Y.
"Ross Kraemer's Her Share of the Blessings is the fruit of dedicated scholarship in uncovering the hidden story of women's religious lives in the Greco-Roman world. It should become a standard text for courses in the field."--Rosemary Radford Ruether, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"Will provide a useful and reliable guide to all interested in the topic, as well as a range of new questions."--Theology Journal Book Review