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Yvonne Sherwood

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198722618

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198722618.001.0001

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The Local Domain and Female Power

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The Bible and Feminism

Rachel Havrelock

Oxford University Press

This chapter employs spatial theory in order to think about female power in representations of the land and state of ancient Israel. By distinguishing among imperial, national, and local scales of space, it shows how the participation of women in public life differs according to scale. Biblical texts repeatedly preserve evidence of female leadership at the local, or tribal, level. For this reason, as well as because it represents a more egalitarian mode of managing and distributing resources, the chapter engages in a project of recuperating tribalism. Particular focus falls on the households that constitute a tribe and appear to have been run by women. Because the household served as the site of production, it also seems to have commanded some power in the face of the tax and tribute needy institutions of state and empire. Thus traces of female political influence becomes perceptible at these scales as well.

Keywords:   bioregionalism, Deuteronomy, Joshua, local, maps, scales of governance, spatial theory and gender, tribes

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