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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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Seeing Double

Seeing Double

Textual and Archaeological Images of Israelite Women

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(p.514) Chapter 28 Seeing Double
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The Bible and Feminism
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Carol Meyers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198722618.003.0029

The study of women in several disciplines reveals a disconnect between the images in normative texts and the information garnered from other sources. The social reality of women’s lives is thus best reconstructed using diverse sources. Archaeology is the main alternative source for studying Israelite women, and social science disciplines are involved in the interpretation of the archaeological data. Together, they provide a glimpse of the daily lives of ordinary women. Examining several aspects of everyday life—family size, household labour, and household religious activities—shows a more balanced situation of gendered power in households than is implied by many biblical texts.

Keywords:   archaeology, ethnography, household, religion, power

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