Friday, January 28, 2022

Women’s Initiative for Jewish Studies (WIJS) at Young Israel of New Rochelle is proud to present Dr. Carol Meyers on Sunday, November 14 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom. She will be the second speaker of the 2021-2022 season in the monthly scholarly programming offered by WIJS at YINR.

Dr. Meyers will speak on the topic “Gender Gap”: The Bible, Archaeology and Israelite Women. The study of women in several disciplines reveals a difference between the images in normative texts and information from other sources. Is this true for ancient Israel? What can we learn about Israelite women if we use information from the bible and also archaeology? Using both these sources provides a glimpse into two important aspects of the lives of ordinary Israelite women—their role in the household economy and their role in household religion—and offers some surprising conclusions about women’s power.

Meyers is the Mary Grace Wilson Professor Emerita of Religious Studies at Duke University. She specializes in biblical studies, archaeology, and gender in the biblical world. A prolific scholar, she is the author of more than 450 articles, reports, reference-book entries and reviews; and she has authored, co-authored or edited 22 books, including “Rediscovering Eve: Ancient Israelite Women in Context.” She has co-directed several of Duke’s archaeological projects in Galilee and has been a frequent consultant for media productions dealing with the biblical world.

Meyers recently served as president of the Society of Biblical Literature, and currently she is vice president of the Albright Institute of Archaeological Research in Jerusalem and a trustee of the American Society of Overseas Research and the Dead Sea Scrolls Foundation.

All WIJS programming is open to women and men. Please visit www.yinr.org/wijs  to view the complete WIJS 2021-22 schedule. For more information, to be added to the WIJS email list or for Zoom information, please call 914-636-2215 or email: [email protected] Individuals on the WIJS mailing list will automatically receive the Zoom information.

By Tamar Croog

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