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Women in Scripture: A Dictionary of Named and Unnamed Women in the Hebrew Bible, the Apocryphal/Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament Paperback – August 28, 2001
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This splendid reference describes every woman in Jewish and Christian scripture--with or without names--plus female dieties and personifications. The many "unnamed" women--identified by their husband or other family member, by their place or town, by their action, etc.--comprise the largest grouping in this comprehensive work and distinguish it from earlier treatments of biblical women. The succinct articles frequently unite women (e.g., when Noadiah is identified as one of four named female Hebrew prophets, the others are also named) or compare treatment of women in similar categories (e.g., women with bodily emissions in Leviticus and Ezekiel). Frequent cross-referencing and bibliographical suggestions enrich the entries. Useful essays on biblical scholarship, biblical literature, and biblical naming enhance the volume. Many books identify women in the Bible, but none is as comprehensive as this current and meticulous resource. A monumental reference work that resurrects women from anonymity, this is essential for all public, academic, and seminary libraries.
-Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"This is it―the one indispensable resource for anyone seriously interested in understanding the hundreds of women who appear in the Bible. Balanced, accurate, and fascinating to peruse and consult."
Roland E. Murphy
"By means of adroit organization and close textual reading, the invisible have become visible; the hidden influence of women, named and unnamed, in biblical times is now manifest from the hundreds of entries in this handy encyclopedia."
"This is the most thorough and systematic survey ever undertaken of women in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. The editors have gathered articles by the finest scholars, who present the most up-to-date results of biblical scholarship on women. An indispensable companion for anyone studying the Bible."
The Christian Science Monitor
"Women in Scripture is a remarkable reference book here to stay."
"Prophets, poets, prostitutes ― and all other women named and unnamed in the Bible ― are finally given their due in what is not your usual biblical dictionary."
"Splendid. . . A monumental reference work that resurrects women from anonymity."
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Big plus: Exhaustive coverage of all women in the Bible, named or unnamed. I don't believe there is any female character or group of women in the Bible who have been overlooked. And navigation (finding any given female character/s in this book) is very well done. The book is easy to use.
Big minus: In many cases (but not all), I have been disappointed by the nature of the commentary offered. I know the title says it's a dictionary, not a commentary, but quite a lot of the content (in common with other Bible Dictionaries) is in fact in the nature of commentary. The problem I have with the commentary is that several (again, not all) of the contributors seem to be more driven to make points in support of their particular feminist or womanist hermeneutic than to explore the text and discover what else there might be to say about the woman, or women, being considered in the entry. Since I am male, I had better add that I sympathise somewhat with the feminist perspective and a great deal with a womanist perspective. My complaint is not that entries are written from these perspectives: in a volume like this the reader should surely anticipate that! What I feel is lacking is a deeper exploration. In some cases, (eg. Jephthah's daughter) I felt that more could have been said from those very perspectives, but that the writer failed to spend enough time in fresh analysis of the text.
On balance, I would say that if you need an exhaustive reference, there is not another available like this one. But be prepared, after paying for this book, to do some further exegesis and/or exposition yourself, on occasion.