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Contents

And Sarah Laughed
The Status of Woman in the Old Testament
by John H.Otwell

published by The Westminster Press, 1977

PREFACE

7

INTRODUCTION

9

1.

The Creation of Woman

15

2.

Sexual Attraction

20

3.

Marriage

31

4.

Woman as Mother

49

5.

The Subservience of Women

67

6.

Subservience to Women

88

7.

Sisters, Divorcees, Widows

113

8.

Freedom of Action

132

9.

Women in the Cult

152

10

Female Personifications

179

 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

209

Preface

This book presents a new view of the status of woman in the Old Testament. The data and the lines of reasoning upon which the view rests are given. Scholars in general have believed that woman had a low status in ancient Israel, and only a few titles can be cited in support of the conclusions advocated here. Except for the many references to the Old Testament, documentation has been kept to a minimum. Unless otherwise noted, the second edition of the Revised Standard Version is used throughout. Readers unfamiliar with technical Old Tes-tament studies will find helpful the notes and articles provided in The New Oxford Annotated Bible, The Revised Standard Version, edited by Herbert G. May and Bruce M. Metzger, 2d ed. (Oxford University Press, 1973).

I could not have written AND SARAH LAUGHED without help. The trustees of the Pacific School of Religion made the necessary time available by granting a sabbatical leave. Four students — Roberta Cook, Grace Drake, Elizabeth Ellenburg, and Sheila Fabricant— made substantive contributions in research papers presented in classes. Other students and faculty colleagues contributed interest and support.

AND SARAH LAUGHED is dedicated to Marion Grace Otwell, my wife. She has contributed to it in many ways, among them by her encouragement and careful editorial reading.

J.H.O.

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