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Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis

by Taylor, Marion Ann, Weir, Heather E.

Baylor University Press 2006

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Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis
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Overview

The women of Genesis—Eve, Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel—intrigued and informed nineteenth-century women. Reading the biblical stories for themselves, those nineteenth-century women looked for ways to expand, reinforce, and challenge the traditional understanding of women’s lives. They communicated their readings of Genesis using genres ranging from poetry to commentary. This book, part of the long process of recovering the voice of female interpreters, includes the writings of those nineteenth-century women.

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Key Features

  • Sheds light on women’s culture in the nineteenth century
  • Provides important data on women’s roles in society and the church
  • Shows how the Scriptures functioned devotionally and practically in the lives of women

Contents

  • Part 1: Eve—The Mother of Us All
    • Hannah Mather Crocker
      Observations on the Real Rights of Women (1818)
    • Lucy Barton
      Bible Letters for Children (1832)
    • Esther Hewlett Copley
      Scripture History for Youth (1833) and Scripture Biography (1835)
    • Favell Lee Mortimer
      The Peep of Day (1833)
    • Sarah Moore Grimké
      Letters on the Equality of the Sexes, and the Condition of Woman (1838)
    • Angelina Emily Grimké Weld
      Letters to Catherine Beecher (1838)
    • Catherine Hunt Putnam
      The Gospel by Moses, in the Book of Genesis; or, the Old Testament Unveiled (1854)
    • E. C. C. Baillie
      The Protoplast (1853)
    • Cecil Frances (Fanny) Alexander
      “The Temptation” (1854)
    • Sophia Goodrich Ashton
      The Mothers of the Bible (1855)
    • Christina Georgina Rossetti
      “Eve” (1866) and “A Helpmeet for Him” (1888)
    • Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)
      House Beautiful (1868)
    • Sarah Town Martyn
      Women of the Bible (1868)
    • Elizabeth Rundle Charles
      Sketches of the Women of Christendom (1880)
    • Etty Woosnam
      The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)
    • Ray Frank
      “Women in the Synagogue” (1894)
    • Henriette Greenebaum Frank
      “Modern Jewish Women” (1894)
    • Julia Wedgwood
      The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894)
    • Lillie Devereux Blake
      The Woman’s Bible (1895)
    • Elizabeth Baxter
      The Women of the Word (1897)
  • Part 2: Sarah—The First Mother of Israel
    • Sarah Trimmer
      A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)
    • Frances Elizabeth King
      Female Scripture Characters: Exemplifying Female Virtues (1813)
    • Sarah Ewing Hall
      Conversations on the Bible (1818)
    • Grace Aguilar
      The Women of Israel (1845)
    • Rebekah Hyneman
      “Sarah” (1846)
    • Elizabeth Fries Ellet
      Family Pictures from the Bible (1849)
    • Catherine Hunt Putnam
      The Gospel by Moses in the Book of Genesis (1854)
    • Sophia Goodrich Ashton
      The Mothers of the Bible (1855)
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe
      Women in Sacred History (1873)
    • Etty Woosnam
      The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)
    • Julia Wedgwood
      The Message of Israel in the Light of Modern Criticism (1894)
    • Clara Bewick Colby
      The Woman’s Bible (1895)
    • Elizabeth Baxter
      The Women in the Word (1897)
  • Part 3: Hagar—The Wanderer
    • Sarah Trimmer
      A Help to the Unlearned (1805)
    • Sarah Hall
      Conversations on the Bible (1818)
    • Grace Aguilar
      “The Wanderers” (1838)
    • Penina Moise
      “Genesis, Chap. XXI” (1842)
    • Susan Warner
      Walks from Eden (1866)
    • Charlotte Maria Tucker (A.L.O.E.)
      House Beautiful (1868)
    • Sarah Town Martyn
      Women of the Bible (1868)
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe
      Women in Sacred History (1873) and Footsteps of the Master (1877)
    • Etty Woosnam
      The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)
    • Mary Elizabeth Beck
      Bible Readings on Bible Women (1892)
    • Harriet Morton
      From the Beginning or Stories from Genesis (1893)
    • M. G.
      Women like Ourselves (1893)
    • Josephine Elizabeth Butler
      The Lady of Shunem (1894)
    • Sarah Elizabeth Turnock
      The Women of the Bible (1898)
    • Eloise Alberta Bibb
      “The Expulsion of Hagar” (1895)
    • Mary L. T. Witter
      Angels (1900)
  • Part 4: Rebekah—Mother of Two Nations
    • Frances Elizabeth King
      Female Scripture Characters; Exemplifying Female Virtues (1813)
    • Lady Morgan
      Woman and Her Master (1840)
    • Grace Aguilar
      The Women of Israel (1845)
    • Cecil Frances (Fanny) Alexander
      “Isaac and Rebekah” (1854)
    • Sarah Hale
      Woman’s Record (1855)
    • Susan Warner
      Walks from Eden (1866)
    • Etty Woosnam
      The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)
    • Elizabeth Julia Hasell
      Bible Partings (1883)
    • Mary L. T. Witter
      The Edomites (1888)
    • Mary Elizabeth Beck
      Bible Readings on Bible Women (1892)
    • M.G.
      Women like Ourselves (1893)
    • Ada Ruth Habershon
      The Study of the Types (1898)
  • Part 5: Leah and Rachel—Founder of the House of Israel
    • Adelaide O’Keeffe
      Patriarchal Times (1811)
    • Mary Cornwallis
      Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)
    • Sarah Hall
      Conversations on the Bible (1818)
    • Grace Aguilar
      The Women of Israel (1845)
    • Clara Lucas Balfour
      The Women of Scripture (1847)
    • Sarah Hale
      Woman’s Record (1855)
    • Constance and Annie de Rothschild
      The History and Literature of the Israelites (1870)
    • Harriet Beecher Stowe
      Women in Sacred History (1873)
    • Leigh Norval
      Women of the Bible (1889)
    • M. G.
      Women Like Ourselves (1893)
    • Elizabeth Baxter
      The Woman in the Word (1897)
    • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Clara Bewick Colby
      The Woman's Bible (1895)
  • Part 6: Lot’s Wife and Daughters, Dinah, Tamar, Potiphar’s Wife—The Other Women of Genesis
    • Lot’s Wife and Daughters
      • Sarah Trimmer
        A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)
      • Mary Cornwallis
        Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)
      • Sarah Ewing Hall
        Conversations on the Bible (1818)
      • Eliza Smith
        The Battles of the Bible (1852)
      • Sophia Goodrich Ashton
        The Mothers of the Bible (1877)
      • Charlotte Mary Yonge
        Young Folks’ Bible History (1880)
      • Etty Woosnam
        The Women of the Bible: Old Testament (1881)
      • Mrs. Donaldson
        Home Duties for Wives and Mothers, Illustrated by Women of Scripture (1882)
    • Dinah
      • Sarah Trimmer
        A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of the Holy Scriptures (1805)
      • Mary Cornwallis
        Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)
      • Sarah Hale
        Woman’s Record (1855)
      • M. G.
        Women Like Ourselves (1893)
    • Tamar
      • Sarah Trimmer
        A Help to the Unlearned in the Study of Holy Scripture (1805)
      • Mary Cornwallis
        Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)
      • Sarah Hale
        Woman’s Record (1855)
    • Potiphar’s Wife
      • Mary Cornwallis
        Observations, Critical, Explanatory, and Practical on the Canonical Scriptures (1817)
      • Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lillie Devereux Blake
        The Woman’s Bible (1895)

Praise for the Print Edition

It shows that women who were restricted from official roles within Christianity and Jewish institutions were able to preach with their pens. This is a literary legacy that has been marginalized, ignored, and nearly lost . . . Recommended.

CHOICE

This remarkable volume not only fills a painful lacuna in the history of biblical interpretation, but it opens up a new field within the discipline by recovering hundreds of forgotten female voices. I am confident that this volume will serve as an important catalyst to subsequent generations who will be stimulated to pursue a gripping subject matter still largely unexplored.

Brevard S. Childs, Sterling Professor of Divinity Emeritus, Yale University

An invaluable collection of rare primary sources. Taylor and Weir’s introductions to the authors and summarizing analyses enhance the significance of this book for the history of biblical interpretation, women’s studies, and nineteenth century cultural history.

Katharine Doob Sakenfeld, Eisenberger Professor of Old Testament, Princeton Theological Seminary

It is hard to imagine that anyone could discover a genuinely fresh approach to modern biblical interpretation, yet Taylor and Weir have done just that. At the same time, they offer new insight into the life, learning, and thinking of nineteenth-century women, both Jews and Christians. Their careful work will benefit scholars and students of modern history, biblical studies, and women’s studies.

Ellen Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

This is at once an exciting book to plunge into and a treasure-trove to be explored at leisure. The result of prodigious research and meticulous attention to detail, the book also succeeds in being highly accessible and delightfully engaging. Taylor and Weir induct us sympathetically into the various social worlds of the women and their readers and help us to appreciate the way writers, readers, and historical context are bound together, so that interpreting the Bible is seen to be a living process. This remarkable book is suited to a wide audience and will be a great resource for college or seminary courses.

David M. Gunn, A. A. Bradford Professor of Religion, Texas Christian University

Product Details

  • Title: Let Her Speak for Herself: Nineteenth-Century Women Writing on Women in Genesis
  • Editors: Marion Ann Taylor and Heather E. Weir
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Pages: 513

About the Editors

Marion Ann Taylor is an associate professor of Old Testament at the University of Toronto.

Heather E. Weir is an instructor at the Toronto School of Theology at Wycliffe College.

Sample Pages from the Print Edition