Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature

Their Status and Roles


Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature: Their Status and Roles portrays the tension between the unity of husband and wife and their different legal and social status from a wide range of perspectives, as deduced from the texts of the three corpora. The volume discusses the related topics of divorce, polygamy, woman’s obligations to fulfill precepts, membership in the community, genealogy and attitudes toward sex, such as rejection of asceticism. Women in the Bible, Qumran and Early Rabbinic Literature begins with an objective interpretation of the biblical narratives of the Creation and the Fall, the intellectual basis of Jewish attitudes toward women, and then analyzes the divergent interpretations of Qumran and the Rabbis, the grounds of their distinct doctrines and halakhot.
Open Access


Open Access

Biographical Note

Dr Paul Heger is a Research Reader at the University of Toronto. He has published several monographs on Scripture, the Talmud, Qumran and many articles on various aspects of these subjects.

Table of contents

1. The Creation Narrative and the Status of Women 2. Interpretations o the Fall Narrative 3. The Father’s Authority and Responsibility, and Their Limitations: A Debate with Scholarly Theories 4. Women’s Obligations to Fulfill Biblical Precepts 5. Were Women Members of the Eda–Yahad? 6. The Polygamy Rules of Cd Iv:20–V:2 and 11q19 Lvii:15−19 and Their Sources: Implications for Divorce and Remarriage 7. Asceticism in Scripture and in Qumran and Rabbinic Literature 8. Genealogy And Holiness Of Seed In Second Temple Judaism: Facts Or Creative Supposition?


Scholars of Old Testament, Qumran and rabbinic literatures, and intellectuals interested in the examination of these writings and in their influence on the contemporary status of women in Western society.