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The Writings and Later Wisdom Books
Christl M. Maier, Nuria Calduch-Benages, editors
BW 1.3
Publication Date
December 2014



An international collection of ecumenical, gender-sensitive interpretations

The latest volume in the Bible and Women series seeks to provide an ecumenical, gender-sensitive interpretation and reception history of the Writings and later wisdom traditions including Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon. Articles trace the living conditions of women, examine the presentation of female figures in the Israelite wisdom tradition, discuss women and gender relations in single books, and explore narratives about great female protagonists, such as Ruth, Esther, and Susanna, who prove their wit and strength in situations of conflict.


  • Essays by scholars from five European countries, Israel, and the United States
  • An introduction and fourteen essays focused on women and gender relations
  • Coverage of power relations and ideologies within the texts and in current interpretations.

Christl M. Maier is Professor of Old Testament at the University of Marburg. She is author of Daughter Zion, Mother Zion: Gender, Space and the Sacred in Ancient Israel (Fortress) and co-editor of Interested Readers: Essays on the Hebrew Bible in Honor of David J. A. Clines (Society of Biblical Literature).

Nuria Calduch-Benages is professor of theology at the Pontificia Università Gregoriana in Rome. She is the author of Perfume Of The Gospel: Jesus’ Encounters With Women (Gregorian & Biblical Press) and I profeti, messaggeri di Dio. Presentazione essenziale (EDB).

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