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 conception 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 tool in severe capabilities of monarchy, hard widely used assumptions approximately women's position within the royal harem. The ancient info serves as a backdrop for a literary studying of biblical texts describing the royal condo of Judah. realization is given to 3 girls representing diverse royal positions: Michal (daughter), Bathsheba (queen mother), and Athaliah (queen and monarch).

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Some daughters were able to carry out this access function successfully, while others were not. Some husbands appreciated this connection and some did not. 34 Perhaps Haya-Sumu had something to hide; perhaps Kiru was inept in her access role. In any case, the outcome was unpleasant for both of them and for Kiru's parents. A royal daughter's access to authority and her ability to broker accessibility were not automatic, even under the stipulations of a diplomatic marriage. It required personal and political skill to establish herself, not only in relation to her husband, but also in relation to other women of the 31.

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94 in Kwasman and Parpola, Legal Transactions I, pp. 81-82. 78. 93 in Kwasman and Parpola, Legal Transactions I, pp. 80-81. 79 The responsibilities of the position required management, financial and negotiating skills. Her deputy was the sanitu. 81 The sakintu apparently communicated with the king on some matters, as in the report of a theft in Nimrud,82 but nowhere does the sakintu have any sexual involvement with the king. The Akkadian terms saknu and sakintu do not describe parallel positions—one for men and one for women.

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