By Elna K. Solvang
Archaeological discoveries have more and more dropped at gentle facts of women's involvement within the royal homes of the traditional close to East, but such facts has no longer essentially altered the notion of monarchy as an completely male-gendered theological, political, and social establishment. Solvang's learn assembles the proof looking for an built-in view of royal women's place and gear in serious capabilities of monarchy, demanding accepted assumptions approximately women's position within the royal harem. The historic details serves as a backdrop for a literary examining of biblical texts describing the royal condo of Judah. recognition is given to 3 ladies representing varied royal positions: Michal (daughter), Bathsheba (queen mother), and Athaliah (queen and monarch).
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Additional info for A Woman's Place is in the House: Royal Women of Judah and their Involvement in the House of David (JSOT Supplement)
1. Who Are the Royal Women of the Ancient Near East? 23 between the rulers as well as economic and military collaboration. In some cases, the continuation of positive relations was to be ensured in the heir to the throne who would be related to the two royal households and receive support from both to secure and continue in power. Diplomatic marriages could be established one-directionally or reciprocally. In Egypt there is little evidence of diplomatic marriages of Egyptian royal daughters before the Nineteenth Dynasty, at the time of Ramesses II.
E. queen mother) 'from 5-20 shekels of silver yearly for their wwc/w-ship'. g. MESsa) from subsequent lawsuits. Royal women not only exercised discretion over their resources, but there is evidence that at least some could assign their wealth to their 87. The 'saknu 's were the link between the administrative superstructure and the division of the population into kisru units' (CAD S 17, p. 191). 88. Dalley and Postgate, Tablets from Fort Shalmaneser, p. 9. 89. ND 7088 records a large loan made by the female scribe of the queen's house from the temple of Mulissu to a gentleman from outside the city.
Queens' are not acting as 'kings' when they are exercising authority as 'queens'. 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.
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