Introduction

Both prophets and prophetesses shared God’s divine will with the people of Israel, yet the voices of these women were often forgotten due to later prohibitions against women teaching in public. This latest volume of the Bible and Women series focuses on the intersection of gender and prophecy in the Former Prophets (Joshua to 2 Kings) as well as in the Latter Prophets of the Hebrew Bible. Essays examine how women appear in the iconography of the ancient world, the historical background of the phenomenon of prophecy, political and religious resistance by women in the biblical text, and gender symbolism and constructions in prophetic material as well as the metaphorical discourse of God. Contributors Michaela Bauks, Athalya Brenner-Idan, Ora Brison, L. Juliana Claassens, Marta García Fernández, Irmtraud Fischer, Maria Häusl, Rainer Kessler, Nancy C. Lee, Hanne Løland Levinson, Christl M. Maier, Ilse Müllner, Martti Nissinen, Ombretta Pettigiani, Ruth Poser, Benedetta Rossi, Silvia Schroer, and Omer Sergi draw insight into the texts from a range of innovative gender-oriented approaches.

Contents

Introduction

  • Irmtraud Fischer Women in the Prophetic Books of the Hebrew Bible

1. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND: PROPHECY AND GENDER IN THE ANCIENT AND NEAR EAST

  • Omer Sergi Narrative, Story, and History in the Biblical Traditions about the Formation of the Israelite Monarchy (1 Samuel 9-2 Samuel 5)
  • Silvia Schroer Cult and War: contributions of Iconography to a Gender-oriented Exegesis of Prophecy
  • Martti Nissinen Nonmale Prophets in Ancient Near Eastern Sources
  • ora Brison Women and Magic Practices in the Prophets (Joshua-Malachi)

2. FEMALE LITERARY FIGURES AND THEIR SOCIAL-HISTORICAL CONTEXT INT HE NEVI'IM

  • Nancy C. Lee Female Biblical Prophets: Visible Bodies, Audible Voices - Liberated Word
  • Rainer Kessler Profiles of Resistant Women in the Former Prophets
  • Michaela Bauks Women in the War Narratives of the Prestate Period (Joshua-Judges)
  • Ilse Müllner Gender Politics: Dynastic Roles of Women in the Narratives about Saul, David, and Solomon
  • Maria Häusl Women at the King's Court: Their Political, Economic, and Religious Significance in the Accounts of the Former Prophets

3. GENDER AND METAPHOR IN THE LATTER PROPHETS

  • Christl M. Maier Daughter Zion and Babylon, the Whore: The Female Personification of Cities and Countries in the Prophets
  • Marta García Fernández The Marriage Metaphor in the Prophets: Some Gender Issues
  • Benedetta Rossi Do the Prophets Have a Private Life? Women as Literary and Redactional Tools
  • L. Juliana Claassens Between Excruciating Pain and the Promise of New Life: Birth Imagery in the Prophets and Trauma Hermeneutics
  • Ruth Poser Embodied Memories: gender-Specific Aspects of prophecy as Trauma Literature
  • Athalya Brenner-Idan Pornoprophetics revisited, Decades Later
  • Ombretta Pettigiani The Meaning of the Female Presence in Messianic Texts within the Corpus of the Nevi'im
  • Hanne Løland Levison The Never-Ending Search for God's Feminine Side: Feminine Aspects in the God-Image of the Prophets

Contributors

Ancient Sources Index

Modern Authors Index

Prophecy and Gender in the Hebrew Bible

Prophecy and Gender in the Hebrew Bible

  • Eds.
    L. Juliana Claassens
  • Irmtraud Fischer

Year 2021

GENERAL EDITORS
  • Irmtraud Fischer

    Graz University, Austria

  • Mercedes Navarro Puerto

    Madrid, Spain

  • Adriana Valerio

    Napoli University, Italy

  • Mary Ann Beavis,

    St. Thomas More College, Canada

PUBLISHERS
CONSULTANT FOR HISTORY OF JUDAISM
  • Adele Berlin

    University of Maryland, USA