| Fall Lecture |
We are pleased to announce an upcoming Fall Lecture by
Dr. Sarah Shectman
Visiting Scholar of Hebrew Bible at the Pacific School of Religion
“Get Me This Girl as a Wife”: Marriage in the Hebrew Bible
November 15th at 5:30pm, Badè Museum Gallery (reception to follow)
This lecture is co-sponsored by the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry at PSR
How was marriage understood to function as a social institution in biblical Israel? Could a man marry any woman he pleased? What if he divorced his wife and wanted to remarry her later, or what if he wanted to marry his slave? Was marriage a sacred union between one man and one woman, sanctioned and even commanded by God, or was it a civil institution? Was the purpose of marriage to have children? To secure inheritance? Today’s public discussions on the subject of “biblical marriage” obscure the diversity of types of unions depicted in the Hebrew Bible, where monogamy, polygyny, concubinage, and slave-marriage all appear as options and where some surprising rules and restrictions show that the biblical understanding of marriage was very different from our own.
Sarah Shectman holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Bible and ancient Near East from Brandeis University. Her research focuses on the social status of women in the Hebrew Bible, especially in the Pentateuch. She is the author of Women in the Pentateuch: A Feminist and Source-Critical Analysis (Sheffield, 2009) and of a number of articles on women in the Pentateuch’s narratives and laws. She has taught at Stanford University, UCLA, and San Francisco Theological Seminary and is currently a visiting scholar at Pacific School of Religion.