A Woman's Place is in the House: Royal Women of Judah and by Elna K. Solvang

By Elna K. Solvang

Archaeological discoveries have more and more dropped at mild proof of women's involvement within the royal homes of the traditional close to East, but such proof has now not essentially altered the notion of monarchy as an solely male-gendered theological, political, and social establishment. Solvang's research assembles the facts looking for an built-in view of royal women's place and gear in serious capabilities of monarchy, tough accepted assumptions approximately women's position within the royal harem. The old details serves as a backdrop for a literary studying of biblical texts describing the royal residence of Judah. awareness is given to 3 girls representing diverse royal positions: Michal (daughter), Bathsheba (queen mother), and Athaliah (queen and monarch).

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Postgate, The Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser (CTN, 3; Oxford: The Alden Press, 1984), pp. 9-14. 81. ND 2307 in B. Parker, 'The Nimrud Tablets, 1952—Business Documents', Iraq 16 (1954), pp. 29-53 (37-39). 82. F. Saggs, 'The Nimrud Letters, 1952—Part VII', Iraq 27 (1965), pp. 17-32(29). 83. CADS 17, p. 191. 84. GAL. 85. Dalley and Postgate, Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser, p. 9. 86. Dalley and Postgate report 'There is no evidence that the rab ekalli was involved in administering the queen's house' (Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser, p.

129. 103 While Sibtu was not an appointed judge, she was an actor in the system of royal justice as a recipient and respondent in such pleas and by passing along other pleas (probably with a recommendation) to the king. It is clear from the correspondence that Sibtu, without benefit of the titles 'deputy', 'chief counselor' or 'aide', actually carried out these functions. g. g. providing tribute and maintaining a wary eye on borders and troops) make her a valuable and necessary actor on behalf of the royal house of Mari.

182-86). 1. Who Are the Royal Women of the Ancient Near East? 31 of supplies to provide for herself and her staff and she worked to expand her own financial worth. 52 Royal women in Assyria were in regular receipt of wool53 to be turned into clothing items for themselves and other members of the household. 54 It is not inappropriate to assume that women had a hand in supervising and preparing these products. 55 Queen Puduhepa, wife of the Hittite king Suppiluliuma I, wrote to Niqmaddu of Ugarit complaining that she had not received the gold that was to be sent to her as part of the tribute due from Ugarit.

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