At the heart of the Exodus is a recitation of the Decalogue, a contract between Yahweh and Israel that inscribes Israel into the fabric of human societies while emphasizing its uniqueness through Yahweh. According to the demands of the Decalogue, manhood entails the avoidance of stealing, killing, and coveting, t to mention apostasy and violation of the Sabbath and other men's property. What, then, would be the essence of womanhood, if different? Is there an exclusion of women from active participation in the Sinaitic theophany and, consequently, from active sharing of responsibility and identity? How ethically rmative are the Ten Commandments? And, in terms of the present study, how gender specific are they? This study reclaims the encoded voice of womanhood, or rather the code of women as one crucial key for comprehending the ancient Israelite mind. By selecting female characters' narratives as interpretative clues for the law , this book presents a reading of the Decalogue at three levels: legal, behavioral and representational.
Hagith Sivan is the author of Dinah's Daughters: Gender and Judaism from the Hebrew Bible to Late Antiquity (2002). She teaches at the University of Kansas.
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Date of Publication
Christianity: Bibles & Liturgy
Journal for the Study of the Old Testament Supplement S.