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The Women of Israel

The Women of Israel
Or, Characters and Sketches from the Holy Scriptures, and Jewish History
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Religion

  • Date Published: October 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108019392

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  • Grace Aguilar (1818–1847), a prolific nineteenth-century novelist and Jewish historian of Sephardic descent, was better known for her works of fiction, but in this 1845 publication she addresses Jewish history from a female perspective. These two volumes consist of a series of biographical essays on Old Testament, Talmudic and modern Jewish women. Aguilar identifies a need for more female biography of scripture, postulating a continuity between the biblical matriarchs and the Jewish women of her generation. Addressing a female readership, Aguilar writes in a didactic and highly evangelical tone characteristic of the period, using her historical discussion to argue for the emancipation of Jews, particularly Jewish women, who should also have full access to all Jewish religious texts. For more information on this author, see

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    • Date Published: October 2010
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108019392
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 68 mm
    • weight: 1.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    First Period. Wives of the Patriarchs:
    1. Eve
    2. Sarah
    3. Rebekah
    4. Leah and Rachel
    Second Period. The Exodus and the Law:
    1. Egyptian captivity, and Jochebed
    2. The Exodus. Mothers of Egypt
    3. Laws for wives in Israel
    4. Laws for widows and daughters in Israel
    5. Maid servants in Israel, and sundry other laws
    Third Period. Between the Delivery of the Law and the Monarchy:
    1. Miriam
    2. Tabernacle workers. Caleb's daughter
    3. Deborah
    4. Wife of Manoah
    5. Naomi
    6. Hannah. Volume 2: Fourth Period. The Monarchy:
    1. Michal
    2. Abigail
    3. Wise woman of Tekoah. Woman of Abel. Rispah. Prophet's widow
    4. The Shunammite
    5. Little Israelitish maid. Huldah
    Fifth Period. Babylonian Captivity:
    1. The Captivity. Review of Book of Ezra. Suggestions as to the identity of Ahasuerus of Scripture. Choice of Esther
    2. Esther continued
    3. Esther concluded
    4. Review of events narrated in Ezra and Nehemiah
    Sixth Period. Continuance of the Second Temple:
    1. Review of Jewish history, from the return from Babylon to the appeal of Hyrcanus and Aristobulus to Pompey
    2. From the appeal to Pompey to the death of Herod
    3. From the death of Herod to the war
    4. The martyr-mother
    5. Alexandra
    6. Mariamne
    7. Mariamne continued
    8. Mariamne continued
    9. Mariamne concluded. Alexandra. Salome
    10. Helena. Berenice
    11. General remarks
    Seventh Period. Women of Israel in the Present, as Influenced by the Past:
    1. The war and dispersion. Thoughts on the Talmud
    2. Talmudic ordinances and tales
    3. Effects of dispersion. General remarks.

  • Author

    Grace Aguilar

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