The Gender Challenge of Hebrew is the first book to delve in depth into the problem of gender representation over the 3,000-year history of the Hebrew language. By analyzing and illustrating the grammatical characteristics of gender in Biblical, Mishnaic, Medieval and Modern Hebrew, Malka Muchnik reveals the social and cultural issues that they reflect.
Gender discrimination in all periods of Hebrew is shown in sacred, liturgical and literary texts, as well as in the popular language spoken today. All of them testify to the problematic status of women, who were traditionally excluded from religious studies and public activities, and in recent decades have been struggling to change this practice. Malka Muchnik shows that linguistic change remains a challenging goal.
Malka Muchnik, Ph.D. (1992), Bar-Ilan University, is senior lecturer in the Department of Hebrew and Semitic Languages at Bar-Ilan. She authored Language, Culture and Society (Hebrew) and many articles on Sociolinguistics, and is founder and first editor of Israel Studies in Language and Society.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Language and Gender in Classical Hebrew
Chapter 3: Language, Gender, and Religion
Chapter 4: Gender in Modern Literature and Language
Chapter 5: Gender Changes in the Language
Chapter 6: Summary and Conclusions
All academic libraries, scholars and graduate students in Hebrew language, linguistics, sociolinguistics, gender studies, Judaic studies, literature, sociology, anthropology, education and communication, and public libraries and educated laymen interested in these fields.