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Name Sarah Shectman
Position Independent Researcher
Latitude 37.8
Longitude -122.4
Research Interests

Hebrew Bible
Women in the Bible
Women in ancient Israel
Women in priestly families
Marriage in the Bible
Divorce in the Bible
Composition history

Websites sarahshectman.com

Women in the Pentateuch: A Feminist and Source-Critical Analysis. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2009.

“Israel’s Matriarchs: Political Pawns or Powerbrokers?” In The Politics of the Ancestors: Exegetical and Historical Perspectives on Genesis 12–36. Edited by Mark Brett and Jakob Wöhrle. Forschungen zum Alten Testament 124. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2018.

“Back to the Past: An Overview of Feminist Historical Criticism.” In volume 3 of Feminist Interpretation of the Bible in Retrospect. Edited by Susanne Scholz. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2016.

“Marriage and Divorce: Ancient Near East.” In The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of the Bible and Gender Studies. Edited by Julia M. O’Brien. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.

“Themes and Perspectives in Torah: Creation, Kinship, and Covenant.” In Fortress Commentary on the Bible: The Old Testament and Apocrypha. Edited by Gale A. Yee, Hugh R. Page Jr., and Matthew J. M. Coomber. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2014.

“What Do We Know about Marriage in Ancient Israel?” In Reading a Tendentious Bible: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Coote. Edited by Marvin L. Chaney, Uriah Y. Kim, and Annette Schellenberg. Hebrew Bible Monographs 66. Sheffield: Sheffield Phoenix Press, 2014.

“Abraham’s Family,” “Women of Moab,” “Moabite Men,” “How Do Biblical Scholars Read the Hebrew Bible?,” and “Who Wrote the Bible?” Bible Odyssey. http://bibleodyssey.org. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2014.

“Joshua: Reception History.” In The [Oxford] Encyclopedia of the Books of the Bible. Edited by Marc Brettler and Michael Coogan. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011.

“The Social Status of Priestly and Levite Women.” In Priests and Levites in Biblical History and Tradition. Edited by Mark Leuchter and Jeremy Hutton. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2011.

“Rachel, Leah, and the Composition of Genesis.” In The Pentateuch: International Perspectives on Current Research. Edited by Thomas B. Dozeman, Konrad Schmid, and Baruch J. Schwartz. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2011.

“Bearing Guilt in Numbers 5:12-31.” In Gazing on the Deep: Ancient Near Eastern, Biblical, and Jewish Studies in Honor of Tzvi Abusch. Edited by Jeffrey Stackert, Barbara Nevling Porter, and David P. Wright. Bethesda, MD: CDL Press, 2010.

“Women in the Priestly Narrative.” In The Strata of the Priestly Writings: Contemporary Debate and Future Directions. Edited by Sarah Shectman and Joel S. Baden. Zürich: Theologischer Verlag, 2009.

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