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ERIC Number: ED112422
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 12
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Women in Literature of the Old Testament.
Tanner, Stephen L.
According to Edith Hamilton, "The Bible is the only literature in the world up to our century which looks at women as human beings, no better and no worse than men. The Old Testament writers considered them just as impartially as they did men, free from prejudice and even from condescension." The Bible portrays Rebekah, Rahab, Deborah, Jael, Esther, and Judith and their contributions to the nation of Israel with faithfulness and extreme candor. These women are represented in the Old Testament as multidimensional human beings--self-reliant, resourceful, influential, and courageous--but at the same time capable of resorting to morally questionable means in order to accomplish their ends. This straightforward portrayal of women is due largely to the fact that the Hebrew mind was intrinsically realistic, which accounts for much of the directness and simplicity of the Old Testament narratives and also for the fact that the writers had a respect for self-determined and resourceful women. (LL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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