Thu, Jul 06|
3-Week SASA Reading Group: From Harlots to Heroines: Royal Women in the Hebrew Bible (1)
3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group Thursdays at 12 pm Eastern Time Led by Karina Atudosie.
Time & Location
Jul 06, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT
About the Event
In the biblical texts in which they appear, royal women are often overshadowed by royal men. The purpose of this reading group is to focus on how three royal women – Jezebel, the female lover in the Song of Songs, and Esther - are portrayed in the Hebrew Bible and what this might tell us about how queenship was perceived in ancient Israel and Judah. The group will begin by reading the primary sources for these royal women: the narratives of Jezebel (scattered throughout the Books of Kings), followed by the Song of Songs, and finishing with the Book of Esther. The purpose is to identify how royal women appear in these texts, with a specific focus on how their gender is constructed and what this might tell us about the writers’ biases toward female royalty. Female royalty is not static in the Hebrew Bible, as highlighted by the fact that Jezebel has often been interpreted as a ‘harlot’ while Esther has been interpreted as a ‘heroine’. This reading group will also explore how royal women’s speech, clothing, and actions are portrayed as elements of their queenship and indicative of their gender, status, and royal power. By the end of the 3-week reading group, participants will have a better understanding of the nuanced presentations of royal women in the Hebrew Bible and an increased awareness of the importance of studying royal women in a field that has mostly focused on royal men.
3-Week Text-In-Translation Reading Group
Thursdays at 12 pm Eastern Time
Start date: June 29th
End date: July 20th
MUST RSVP TO GET THE ZOOM LINK. The same link will be used for all 3 sessions.