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Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context

Discovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context

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By (author) Carol L. Meyers

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 203mm x 14mm | 229g
  • Publication date: 10 January 1991
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0195065816
  • ISBN 13: 9780195065817
  • Edition statement: Revised ed.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 628,113

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The biblical image of Eve has powerfully influenced ideas about women for the past two millennia. Yet, as Carol Meyers argues in Discovering Eve, the image of the first of women as subservient and dependent does not represent some irreducible historical truth. Rather, it represents the androcentric constructions of a group of urban elite males (including, most notably, the Apostle Paul and Rabbi Yohannan) who had a decisive effect on the founding of Judaeo-Christian traditions. Meyers produces convincing evidence, archaeological, scriptural, and sociological, that ancient Israelite woman fulfilled a role very different from that of the biblical Eve. The real Eve, she demonstrates, was a figure of some social substance, a strong and important figure in the social and familial milieux.

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Carol Meyers is Professor of Religion at Duke University.

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'The author has made a special effort to avoid technicaljargon; thus, this book should be accessible to the general reader. Though it will be of special interest to those concerned with biblical history, archaeology, anthropolgy and women's studies, this book will also hold special appeal to women, men, and their relationshiop to one another. Time Outlook