By Elna K. Solvang
Archaeological discoveries have more and more delivered to gentle 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 completely male-gendered theological, political, and social establishment. Solvang's examine assembles the proof looking for an built-in view of royal women's place and tool in serious capabilities of monarchy, demanding generic assumptions approximately women's position within the royal harem. The ancient details serves as a backdrop for a literary analyzing of biblical texts describing the royal condo of Judah. awareness is given to 3 ladies representing diversified royal positions: Michal (daughter), Bathsheba (queen mother), and Athaliah (queen and monarch).
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Royal women were expected to be productive contributors to this exchange. 98 Support for his house and its future depended on his ability to provide for the welfare of the people of the land and to appear just in matters of dispute and merciful towards the widow and orphan. The tasks of representing and distributing such service to the kingdom were shared by the women of the royal house. The correspondence of Sibtu and Zimri-Lim demonstrates a variety of ways royal women are in service to the kingdom.
Women who rule as 'kings' receive that title in the ancient texts: Ku-Baba in the Sumerian King List of the third millennium was called LUGAL ('big man') of the city of Kish;7 Hatshepsut, daughter, wife and stepmother of Egyptian kings, also ruled as king of Egypt during the Eighteenth Dynasty (mid-second millennium). Her throne name (Maatkare), her construction of sanctuaries, her claim of divine birth, her serf-jubilee, and her mortuary temple at Deir el-Bahri are evidence of her full accession to the position of king of Egypt.
29. Durand, 'L'Organisation de 1'espace', p. 85. 30. 95). -M. Durand, Trois etudes sur Mari', in MARI 3 (1984), pp. 127-79 (166). Seven queens appear on Hittite seals. These include seals with their own names and joint seals with their husband or his successor(s). See Bin-Nun, Tawananna, pp. 165-80. 26 A Woman's Place is in the House It appears that for the most part royal daughters communicated with their parents directly and without interference. A particularly direct and desperate plea was raised by Kiru, who complained in a series of letters that her life was in danger at the court of Ilansura.
A Woman's Place is in the House: Royal Women of Judah and their Involvement in the House of David (JSOT Supplement) by Elna K. Solvang