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Women in Ancient Israel—What Can We Know?

Season 1: Episode 16
Women in Ancient Israel—What Can We Know?
Date Aired: 02/17/2023

The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament is nearly silent on the lives of ordinary women in the ancient world. Thankfully, we have intriguing clues from archeology and ethnography that help piece together women’s lives more than 3,000 years ago. Special guest Carol Meyers doesn’t think that ancient Israelite society was a strict patriarchy—despite troublesome verses like the so-called curse of Eve—but that women exercised important economic, social, and ritual functions in home and village life

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  • The Biblical Time Machine Podcast is hosted by Helen Bond and Dave Roos. Helen Bond is professor of Christian origins at Edinburgh University. She is the author of Women Remembered: Jesus’s Female Disciples, The First Biography of Jesus: Genre and Meaning in Mark’s Gospel, and The Historical Jesus: A Guide for the Perplexed. Her research focuses on the social and political history of first century Judaea, the historical Jesus and the canonical gospels. Dave Roos is a journalist and writer who contributes to, HowStuffWorks and the popular podcast Stuff You Should Know. Dave has a degree in religious studies from Duke University.