Asherah, the Queen of Heaven and women's worship in the Hebrew Bible

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ITP extends an invitation for you to attend a series of three lectures on the subject of Exploring Aspects of the Feminine Divine

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Exploring Aspects of the Feminine Divine, 2019 Lecture Series. Entering our third year of the series, the 2019 Exploring Aspects of the Feminine Divine opens with a lecture from Dr Ann Jeffers who is a Hebrew and Old Testament Scholar. Her lecture will examine and consider what we know of women's worship and ritual within the context of ancient Israel.

Asherah, the Queen of Heaven and women's worship in the Hebrew Bible:

A Re-assessment.

The lecture will look at both textual and material data related to the Hebrew Bible regarding women’s worship and rituals.

Taking into consideration new research on the religious pluralism in ancient Israel, I will redraw the boundaries between private and public worship spaces as a means to reassess the place of women in the ancient Israelite religious landscape.

Furthermore I will look at a number of female figures e.g. Huldah, the unnamed woman of Endor, Zipporah, Tamar, Nehushta, whose role in worship was marginalised or suppressed by the biblical authors. Finally, the place of Canaanite goddesses Asherah and the Queen of Heaven will be examined and re-evaluated within the framework of women’s ritual practices.

The Revd Dr Ann Jeffers is Research Fellow at Roehampton University.

Dr Jeffers obtained her PhD in University College Dublin and taught Hebrew Exegesis in Trinity College Dublin before joining Heythrop College in 1990. She held several positions at Heythrop including Director of Research/ Senior Lecturer in Hebrew Bible and Second Temple Judaism and Convenor for the MA in Biblical Studies and the MA in Christianity and Inter-religious Dialogue.

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University of Winchester

Winton Building, Room 5

King Alfred Quarter

Winchester

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United Kingdom

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