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Prophets Male and Female: Gender and Prophecy in the Hebrew Bible, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ancient Near East
Jonathan Stokl, Corrine L. Carvalho
AIL 15
Publication Date
June 2013


Because gender is an essential component of societies of all times and places, it is no surprise that every prophetic expression in the ancient social world was a gendered one. In this volume scholars of the biblical literature and of the ancient Mediterranean consider a wide array of prophetic phenomena. In addition to prophetic texts of the Hebrew Bible, the essays also look at prophecy in ancient Mesopotamia and early Christianity. Using the most current theoretical categories, the volume demonstrates how essential a broad definition of gender is for understanding its connection to both the delivery and the content of ancient prophecy. Attention to gender dynamics will continue to reveal the fluidity of prophetic gender performance and to open up the ancient contexts of prophetic texts. The contributors are Roland Boer, Corrine Carvalho, Lester L. Grabbe, Anselm C. Hagedorn, Esther J. Hamori, Dale Launderville, Antti Marjanen, Martti Nissinen, Jonathan Stökl, Hanna Tervanotko, and Ilona Zsolnay.

Jonathan Stökl is a researcher at Leiden Institute for Area Studies (LIAS) at Leiden University and in September 2013 will be Lecturer in Hebrew Bible/Old Testament at King’s College London. He is the author of Prophecy in the Ancient Near East: A Philological and Sociological Comparison (Brill) and co-editor of Mediating Between Heaven and Earth: Communication with the Divine in the Ancient Near East (T&T Clark).

Corrine L. Carvalho is Professor of Theology at the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul. She is the author of The Book of Ezekiel: Question by Question (Paulist), Primer on Biblical Methods (Anselm Academic), and co-editor of Ezekiel's Hierarchical World: Wrestling with a Tiered Reality (Society of Biblical Literature).

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