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Priests and Gender in Biblical Israel
Edited by Deborah W. Rooke
This collection of essays, the proceedings of an international conference held at King’s College London in 2008, explores issues in the construction of gender that appear in the Hebrew Bible both in relation to priesthood itself and in literature with a priestly world-view (the P source, Chronicles, Ezra–Nehemiah, Ezekiel). Topics covered include female religious functionaries and their absence from the Hebrew Bible, masculinity and femininity as seen through the lens of priestly purity legislation, priestly genealogies as an expression of Jacques Derrida’s ‘archive fever’, the definition of masculinity that is evidenced by priests’ clothing, and the marginalization of women in priestly ideologies of nationality and kinship.
This is the second volume in the sub-series King's College London Studies in the Bible and Gender. The first was A Question of Sex: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond (2007).
Deborah W. Rooke is Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, King’s College, London.
PART I: GENDERING PRIESTLY PERSONNEL
Gender in Prophecy, Magic and Priesthood: From Sumer to Ancient Israel
Deborah W. Rooke
Breeches of the Covenant: Gender, Garments and the Priesthood
PART II: EVIDENCE AND ABSENCE: PRIESTLY PICTURES OF MEN AND WOMEN
Gender Matters: Priestly Writing on Impurity
Gender and Ambiguity in the Genesis Genealogies: Tracing Absence and Subversion through the Lens of Derrida’s Archive Fever
Genealogy, Gynecology, and Gender: The Priestly Writer’s Portrait of a Woman
PART III: NUMBERING THE PEOPLE: WOMEN AND THE PRIESTLY NATION
Outside the Lines: The Place of Women in Priestly Nationalism
Feeding the Green-Eyed Monster: Bitter Waters, Flood Waters, and the Theology of Exile
Claudia V. Camp
The Problem with Sisters: Anthropological Perspectives on Priestly Kinship Ideology in Numbers
Miriam’s Mistake: Numbers 12 Renarrated in Demetrius the Chronographer, 4Q377 (Apocryphon Pentateuch b), Legum allegoriae and the Pentateuchal Targumim
PART IV: PRIESTS OF HUMAN (WOMAN) SACRIFICE
Fathers and Daughters: The Jephthah Issue and the Scream