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dc.contributor.authorNakhai, Beth
dc.date.accessioned2019-07-10T16:30:48Z
dc.date.available2019-07-10T16:30:48Z
dc.date.issued2019-02
dc.identifier.citationNakhai BA. Women in Israelite Religion: The State of Research Is All New Research. Religions. 2019; 10(2):122.en_US
dc.identifier.issn2077-1444
dc.identifier.doi10.3390/rel10020122
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/633355
dc.description.abstractHistorically, those studying Israelite religion have ignored the existence of women in Iron Age Israel (1200-587 BCE). They have, therefore, accounted neither for the religious beliefs of half of ancient Israel's population nor for the responsibilities that women assumed for maintaining religious rituals and traditions. Such reconstructions of Israelite religion are seriously flawed. Only in the last four decades have scholars, primarily women, begun to explore women's essential roles in Israel's religious culture. This article utilizes evidence from the Hebrew Bible and from archaeological sites throughout Israel. It demonstrates that some women had roles within the Jerusalem Temple. Most women, however, resided in towns and villages throughout the Land. There, they undertook responsibility for clan-based and community-based religious rituals and rites, including pilgrimage, seasonal festivals, rites of military victory, and rites of mourning. They fulfilled, as well, essential roles within the sphere of domestic or household religion. At home, they provided medico-magical healing for all family members, as well as care for women and babies throughout pregnancy, childbirth, and beyond. They, and the men in their communities, worshipped Yahweh, Israel's primary deity, and the goddess Asherah, as well; for most people, these two divinities were inextricably linked.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMDPIen_US
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.mdpi.com/2077-1444/10/2/122en_US
dc.rights© 2019 by the author. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license.en_US
dc.subjectreligionen_US
dc.subjectwomenen_US
dc.subjectIsraelen_US
dc.subjectJudahen_US
dc.subjectIron Ageen_US
dc.subjectdomestic religionen_US
dc.subjectfamily religionen_US
dc.subjectritualsen_US
dc.subjectworshipen_US
dc.subjectJerusalem Templeen_US
dc.subjectfeminist studiesen_US
dc.subjectarchaeologyen_US
dc.subjectHebrew Bibleen_US
dc.subjectOld Testamenten_US
dc.subjectYahwehen_US
dc.subjectAsherahen_US
dc.titleWomen in Israelite Religion: The State of Research Is All New Researchen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniv Arizona, Arizona Ctr Juda Studiesen_US
dc.identifier.journalRELIGIONSen_US
dc.description.noteOpen Access Journalen_US
dc.description.collectioninformationThis item from the UA Faculty Publications collection is made available by the University of Arizona with support from the University of Arizona Libraries. If you have questions, please contact us at repository@u.library.arizona.edu.en_US
dc.eprint.versionFinal published versionen_US
dc.source.journaltitleReligions
dc.source.volume10
dc.source.issue2
dc.source.beginpage122
refterms.dateFOA2019-07-10T16:30:48Z


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