Review by Choice Review
Meyers's welcome, much-needed addition to research in religion and theology had its origins in the increase in interest in women's studies over the past 40 years and the knowledge that how women are portrayed in the Bible often affects how they are seen socially, politically, and economically. It is arranged in three major sections with several introductory chapters. These chapters offer excellent brief, contemporary views of biblical scholarship, the Hebrew Bible, the deuterocanonical books, the New Testament, feminist scholarship, and naming in the biblical world. Section 1 treats named women and considers that some women are called by more than one name and some share the same name. Some also have traditionally male names. Section 2 lists unnamed women as individuals or as groups, as they appear book by book in the NSRV Bible. Section 3 considers nonhuman females mentioned in the Bible, as well as the gender of God. Each entry contains the biblical citation, the etymology of any name, and a summary of the biblical and historical or literary context. Cross-references and brief bibliography are included where necessary. The editors and the contributors, from both the US and Europe, are outstanding scholars. An excellent and affordable work; essential for all academic libraries (especially those dealing with religion, theology, and women's studies) and larger public libraries. D. D. Siles; formerly, Elmhurst College
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Review by Library Journal Review
This splendid reference describes every woman in Jewish and Christian scripture--with or without names--plus female dieties and personifications. The many "unnamed" women--identified by their husband or other family member, by their place or town, by their action, etc.--comprise the largest grouping in this comprehensive work and distinguish it from earlier treatments of biblical women. The succinct articles frequently unite women (e.g., when Noadiah is identified as one of four named female Hebrew prophets, the others are also named) or compare treatment of women in similar categories (e.g., women with bodily emissions in Leviticus and Ezekiel). Frequent cross-referencing and bibliographical suggestions enrich the entries. Useful essays on biblical scholarship, biblical literature, and biblical naming enhance the volume. Many books identify women in the Bible, but none is as comprehensive as this current and meticulous resource. A monumental reference work that resurrects women from anonymity, this is essential for all public, academic, and seminary libraries.--Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Coll., Farmville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.