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The Biblical Authors' Portrayal of Women and Heroism
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similar to Jane              in English literature, the Biblical authors redefined the hero
rather than valiant warriors, figures like Ruth and          were a new kind of hero
referred to as a mighty hero
instead of a                  hero, he is a hero through being a man of
established justice in his society
some of the most beautiful stories in the Bible
especially in Genesis where most of them are told have nothing to do with                  virture
we have a lot of them
but these are in the background
in the                    are stories of family life
finding a wife for Isaac
similar to themes in Jane Austen's novels
adventures are about                and family life and preserving one's name
making it possible that a society can survive                        and dramatic change
for a people who lack military                         , strength is in the numbers
this explains the extraordinary attention paid to                        in the Bible
its imperative that procreation and                  are held up in high esteem
so that the nation can                just in terms of sheer numbers
a                  for people is a long life and children who carry on their names
Biblical law codes repeated return to family matters
create conditions to insure the preservation of individual families
the Biblical authors make the         , not the battlefield, the center of collective life
refashion              roles
the domestic sphere is no longer a place          for women
this becomes complicated within the Biblical narratives
men play a larger role in              life than you would find in much heroic literature
show women as contributing to military victory
undermines a traditions justification for male                   
the only female            mentioned in the Bible, Deborah led a successful counterattack against the forces of Jabin king of Canaan and his military commander Sisera (Judges 4-5)
the Biblical authors present women in more              roles
expected to be present at public                     
extolled for taking individual initiative
venerated along with the nation's                     
Sarah is next to Abraham
Rebekah is next to           
there was never a full                              within Biblical literature
but despite all the patriarchal emphasis in the Biblical narrative
a more              role for women
civic affairs
military life
in the creation of the             
Genesis depicts the most important moments in Israel's history in the lives of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, each of these stories have women prominently in them
this is not something revelatory
doesn't have to do with the native Israel compared to surrounding                  e.g. in Babylonia
or that it received a                      to portray women this way at some point
these new roles that women and men have to play in society
have to do with a response to a              and a catastrophe
that these roles continue on in more progressive societies and are more                          in our society
is due to the fact that in a time when their society has been nearly                   
they have to involve men in the family life in a different way
and need to involve women in public life in a different way
they need to expand their nation
these ethics were a way for Israel to                        and reinvent itself
The Merneptah Stele: The Oldest Reference to Israel
Canaan as Outback between Mesopotamia and Egypt Civilization Centers
The Three Centers of Early Jewish History
The Amarna Letters and Egypt's Presence in Canaan During the New Kingdom
The End of Egyptian Imperial Control
Maps of Historical Biblical Regions
Interview with Bill Deaver
Israel, Judah, and the Campaign of Shishak
The Omride Dynasty
725 BC: The Fall of Israel to Assyria
The Kingdom of Judah and Sennacherib
The Fall of Judah
The History of Israel According to Genesis and Exodus
Archaeological Theories on the History of Israel
The Rise of the Iron Age Kingdoms
Bronze Age vs. Iron Age Material Culture
History of the Central Highland States
Judah After the Babylonian Conquest
Factors Leading to the Depopulation Of Israel
The Elephantine Papyri
Judahite Communities in Babylon
Ezra-Nehemiah and Haggai on Temple Rebuilding
The Biblical Project
From the Bible to the Sumerian King List
Genesis Chapter 26: Isaac, Abimelek and Rebekah
The Biblical Authors' Portrayal of Women and Heroism
The Bible's Treatment of Heroic Death
Portrayal of Death in the Bible