Season 1: Episode 16
Women in Ancient Israel—What Can We Know?
Date Aired: 02/17/2023
The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is nearly silent on the lives of ordinary women in the ancient world. Thankfully, we have intriguing clues from archeology and ethnography that help piece together women’s lives more than 3,000 years ago. Special guest Carol Meyers doesn’t think that ancient Israelite society was a strict patriarchy—despite troublesome verses like the so-called curse of Eve—but that women exercised important economic, social, and ritual functions in home and village life
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