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Smooth Words: Women, Proverbs, and Performance in Biblical Wisdom
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Smooth Words: Women, Proverbs, and Performance in Biblical Wisdom

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Sheffield Academic Press 2002

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Overview

In this volume, Carole Fontaine explores the social roles of women as depicted within the book of Proverbs, as well as the character archetypes and patriarchal ideologies which undergird the sages’ portrayal. Using feminist folklore methodologies and performance studies, the author explores an alternative paradigm for understanding women’s relationship to wisdom traditions in the ancient Near East, using parallel texts, later midrash, and extra-biblical representations of biblical women associated with wisdom. Fontaine is thus able to show that women were culturally authorized “performers” of the family-based wisdom traditions of teaching, economic problem-solving, and care-giving, and that these roles provided them with a platform to use their acknowledged wisdom in public roles.

Key Features

  • Explores the archetypal social roles of women in the Old Testament
  • Textual and literary notes
  • All Scripture references linked to the Bibles in your library

Product Details

  • Title: Smooth Words: Women, Proverbs, and Performance in Biblical Wisdom
  • Author: Carole Fontaine
  • Publisher: Sheffield Academic Press
  • Series: Gender and the Bible Collection
  • Publication Date: 2004
  • Pages: 312

About Carole Fontaine

Carole Fontaine is Professor of Hebrew Scriptures, Andover Newton Theological School, Newton Center, Massachusetts.