This book offers a corrective to one of the problematic aspects of feminist hermeneutics: that the attempt to read within the Hebrew Bible a positive and affirming message for women can sometimes lead to a denial of the obvious fact that it not only contains a considerable amount of material oppressive to women, but is, arguably, responsible for much of the oppression of women that has continued throughout Christian history.

Yee's alternative approach is to apply a materialist-feminist method to four significant texts—Eve in Genesis, Faithless Israel in Hosea, the two sisters in Ezekiel, and the Other Woman in Proverbs. She examines the production of each text within its own political and historical context, showing how, at various stages in Israel's socioeconomic and cultic development, ‘woman’ is employed...

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