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Embroidered Garments
Priests and Gender in Biblical Israel
Edited by Deborah W. Rooke

This collection of essays, the proceedings of an international conference held at King’s College London in 2008, explores issues in the construction of gender that appear in the Hebrew Bible both in relation to priesthood itself and in literature with a priestly world-view (the P source, Chronicles, Ezra–Nehemiah, Ezekiel). Topics covered include female religious functionaries and their absence from the Hebrew Bible, masculinity and femininity as seen through the lens of priestly purity legislation, priestly genealogies as an expression of Jacques Derrida’s ‘archive fever’, the definition of masculinity that is evidenced by priests’ clothing, and the marginalization of women in priestly ideologies of nationality and kinship.

This is the second volume in the sub-series King's College London Studies in the Bible and Gender. The first was A Question of Sex: Gender and Difference in the Hebrew Bible and Beyond (2007).


Deborah W. Rooke is Lecturer in Old Testament Studies, King’s College, London.

Series: Hebrew Bible Monographs, 25
978-1-906055-77-6 hardback
Publication October 2009

Contents
PART I: GENDERING PRIESTLY PERSONNEL

Athalya Brenner

Gender in Prophecy, Magic and Priesthood: From Sumer to Ancient Israel

Deborah W. Rooke
Breeches of the Covenant: Gender, Garments and the Priesthood

PART II: EVIDENCE AND ABSENCE: PRIESTLY PICTURES OF MEN AND WOMEN

Tarja Philip
Gender Matters: Priestly Writing on Impurity

Ingeborg Löwisch
Gender and Ambiguity in the Genesis Genealogies: Tracing Absence and Subversion through the Lens of Derrida’s Archive Fever

Elizabeth Goldstein
Genealogy, Gynecology, and Gender: The Priestly Writer’s Portrait of a Woman

PART III: NUMBERING THE PEOPLE: WOMEN AND THE PRIESTLY NATION

Rachel Havrelock

Outside the Lines: The Place of Women in Priestly Nationalism

Diana Lipton
Feeding the Green-Eyed Monster: Bitter Waters, Flood Waters, and the Theology of Exile

Claudia V. Camp
The Problem with Sisters: Anthropological Perspectives on Priestly Kinship Ideology in Numbers

Hanna Tervanotko
Miriam’s Mistake: Numbers 12 Renarrated in Demetrius the Chronographer, 4Q377 (Apocryphon Pentateuch b), Legum allegoriae and the Pentateuchal Targumim

PART IV: PRIESTS OF HUMAN (WOMAN) SACRIFICE

Alicia Ostriker

Fathers and Daughters: The Jephthah Issue and the Scream