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The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East

Editor(s): Beth Alpert Nakhai
Contributors: Beth Alpert Nakhai, Aubrey Baadsgaard, Gloria London, Michael Homan, Jennie Ebeling, Kevin McGeough, Mary Ann Eaverly,

Book Description

The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East, written by scholars working in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Israel, makes important contributions to our knowledge of the lives of ancient women. Its articles employ archaeology, biblical and other textual studies, ethnographic comparanda and more to investigate women in Egypt and western Asia from the Predynastic to the Byzantine Periods, as well as in England in the Victorian Era. They combat modern scholarship’s marginalization of women in antiquity, proving beyond all doubt that women’s roles in the home, in the workplace and in society at-large were essential for the survival of the family and the community. Locating women within the domestic sphere can no longer be seen to diminish appreciation of their extensive responsibilities and accomplishments. To the contrary, women’s domestic contributions are proven to be essential components of human survival, as are their contributions elsewhere throughout society, in elite royal, religious, and funerary contexts. The nine articles in this book highlight the fact that the traditional scholarly reliance upon dichotomization and compartmentalization must be resisted, and new paradigms developed and adopted. The World of Women in the Ancient and Classical Near East takes important steps in that direction.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-0030-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-0030-9
Date of Publication: 01/12/2008
Pages / Size: 200 / A5
Price: £39.99


Beth Alpert Nakhai is an Associate Professor in the Arizona Center for Judaic Studies at The University of Arizona. She received her M.T.S. from Harvard Divinity School and her M.A. and Ph.D. from The University of Arizona. Dr. Nakhai is the author of Archaeology and the Religions of Canaan and Israel (ASOR 2001), as well as numerous articles. In addition to editing this volume, she is the editor of Near East in the Southwest: Essays in Honor of William G. Dever (ASOR 2003). She is co-director of the Tell el-Wawiyat (Israel) Excavation, and serves on the Board of Directors of the American Schools of Oriental Research.