FEMALE LABOR IN THE BIBLE: RECOGNIZING ITS VALUE WHILE EXPOSING READER ASSUMPTIONS Rannfrid Thelle Wichita State University email@example.com A review of Women at Work in the Deuteronomistic History. By Mercedes L. García Bachmann. Pp. xv + 413. International Voices in Biblical Studies 4. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 2013. Paper, $54.95. This book is Mercedes García Bachmann's revised doctoral thesis, which she completed at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (1999). The topic concerns lower class female labor in the Bible, in particular in the Deuteronomistic History (DtrH). This is a timely study on an important topic, which pursues a neglected field of inquiry involving the role and contribution of marginal women characters in the biblical world. The book challenges the conventional portrayals of women in ancient Israel, and ultimately seeks to revise the shame-honor scheme as an analytical model. Bachmann brings a perspective from the global "south," with a liberation feminist approach that takes as its point of departure the intersection of gender and class. The book consists of nine chapters (an introductory chapter plus chapters 18). The introductory chapter is fairly short and functions more as a preface, in that it is a reflection shared
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