Yes, there is humor in the Bible. In the riotous comedy of the Book of Esther, God lets us in on the joke of empire.
In Genesis 37–50, the image of kingly humility and servanthood is not the lion of Judah, but a foreign widow.
Alongside the bad men, there were bad women in the Bible who engaged their social and political powers to disobey God.
Each of the Exodus women maximized her culturally defined role to flip the tables on injustice.
Deuteronomic law values the well-being of its female citizens, empowers them with a legal voice, and relies on rational proof.
The cultural and social context of ancient Israelite households matters for today, and for our understanding of gender in the Bible.
Women in ancient Rome who upheld modesty, chastity, and loyalty to family and Rome demonstrated their agency, despite cultural hierarchy.
Male violence against women in Genesis belongs within the broader narrative portrait of humanity’s violence and rebellion against God.
Despite a common assumption, Israelite women were not dominated by men throughout ancient Israelite society.
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