Assertive Biblical Women

Assertive Biblical Women

by William Phipps


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Most of the women described in this study were atypical biblical women. Israelite women, like women in most cultures of the world, had status principally within the home. However, exceptional women occasionally had prominent roles outside the home and dared to assert themselves. The chapters contain biographical sketches, with comparisons to contemporary women's roles, of two dozen women. Beginning with Sarah of Ur and ending with Priscilla of Rome, their lives range over an era of nearly two millennia.

These women were, at crucial times, sagacious in decision making and skillful in executing their decisions. They made such a distinctive mark on the events of their time to be remembered by subsequent generations as more than breeders of male heirs. Each woman's story relates how a dynamic woman was able to swim against the strong currents of patriarchy. To make explicit the relevancy of this study, the brief biographies are related to such current feminist issues as surrogate parenting, gender stereotyping, and civil disobedience over unequal treatment by governments.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313284984
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/24/1992
Series: Contributions in Women's Studies Series , #12
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)

About the Author

WILLIAM E. PHIPPS is Professor of Religion and Philosophy and Department Chair at Davis and Elkins College, Elkins, West Virginia. He is the author of six books, including Genesis and Gender (Praeger, 1989) and, most recently, The Wisdom and Wit of the Rabbi Jesus.

Table of Contents



The Saga of Sarah

Tamar and Irregular Parenting

Women Saviors

Naomi and Ruth

Bold and Unscrupulous Rulers

The Impact of Huldah

Feminist and Feminine Queens

Self-Assured Women in the Gospels

Women Leaders and Paul

Women in Eden



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