MES 320 • WOMEN IN THE HEBREW BIBLE
1:00 PM-2:00 PM
The roles of women in the Hebrew Bible have generally been ignored, in favor of theological, historical, or philological readings of the texts. We will read the stories of Sarah and Miriam, Ruth and Naomi, and several others, through the lenses of modern methods of treating women's lives and roles throughout the world. We will also use art (and possibly other media) from various ages to assess the impact these womens stories have had on our culture. Understanding the many gender roles recorded in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament should open our eyes to the legitimacy of the variety of choices we have today, as women and men.
Participation 25% Weekly worksheet 10% Written article review 25% Oral presentation 10% Research paper (minimum 15 pages) 30%
Women's Bible Commentary, ed. Carol Newsom and Sharon Ringe, Westminster John Knox Press Gender and Difference in Ancient Israel, ed. Peggy Day, Fortress Press Materials from the Blanton Museum and the HRC.