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Gender, Family, and Patriarchy In Ancient Israel
A Conversation with Cynthia Shafer-Elliott Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at Baylor University
September 25th, 2023
7:30pm ET in person at 111 The Knoll Rd
7:45pm ET via Zoom
The Bible is often assumed by traditionalist conservatives to enshrine an idealized notion of “family”. Progressive Christians counter with assumptions about ancient gender inequality and patriarchal dominance that anachronistically project current notions onto ancient historical cultures. But recent archeological and social-historical studies suggest both of these fail to understand the ancient world of the Hebrew Bible on its own terms.
While family inheritance was usually passed along through male heirs and patriarchy was a reality, the average household was larger and more complicated than many recognize, allowing for a more fluid sharing of authority and responsibility among the men and women in a community. Join us as Prof Cynthia Shafer-Elliott introduces us to the latest research of ancient households.
Cynthia Shafer-Elliott Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible / Old Testament at Baylor University
Dr. Cynthia Shafer-Elliott joined the Religion Department at Baylor University in 2022 from her native California. Her expertise and research focus on the historical, cultural, and social contexts of ancient Israel and Judah as reflected within both the archaeological record and the Hebrew Bible (with a particular interest in the Former Prophets). More specifically, Dr. Shafer-Elliott’s research emphasizes household archaeology and issues of food, gender, religion, and social memory. She is an experienced field archaeologist and is part of the archaeological excavations at Tel Halif and Tel Abel Beth Maacah in Israel. In 2018 she was the Ernest S. Frerichs Annual Professor at the W. F. Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (Jerusalem). Furthermore, Dr. Shafer-Elliott is involved with the American Society of Overseas Research (ASOR), the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL), and the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research (AIAR) in Jerusalem.