*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

The Status of Women in the World of the Bible

Women play a key role in the Bible. But what were their lives really like? The Bible was written over a period of some thousand years so that there is no one answer to this question. In this course, we will look at evidences such as laws, letters, inscriptions, and business documents from different cultures that at different times impacted the lives, mores, and lifestyles of the Hebrews, the Jews, and the early Christians. Examination of these evidences will help us appreciate better what we read in the Bible about women.

Instructor Bio:

Earle Hilgert is professor emeritus of New Testament at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Holding an AM degree from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in early Christian literature and history from the University of Basel, Switzerland, he has taught in the Philippines, Fiji, Germany, and Romania, and for 10 years was an evaluator of research proposals in religion and philosophy for the National Endowment for the Humanities. His research and writing interests have focused on the cultural and religious environment of early Christianity and the ways in which these factors influenced its development, particularly its thought as expressed in its literature.

Recommended Reading:

Fantham, Elaine and others. Women in the Classical World: Image and Text, 1995. Lefkowitz, Mary R. and Maureen B. Fant. Women’s Life in Greece and Rome: A Source Book in Translation, 2005. Pomeroy, Sarah. Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity, 1995. Snell, Daniel C. Life in the Ancient Near East, 1997.  

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A18 Earle Hilgert Feb 21, 28, Mar 7, 14, 21 Tu 2:30-4:00 p.m. Westminster Canterbury A

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