In this Jewish History lecture, David explores the lives, contributions, and circumstances of 14 women from Tanach:
- Bat Yiphtach
- Pilegesh Bagiv’ah
- Bat Sheva
Among their numbers were:
as well as women who were distinguished for their faith, integrity, loyalty, courage, and beauty.
In addition to providing insight into the experiences of these fascinating women, David explains their historical legacies, including:
- the preservation of the Davidic line
- the cementing of Judaism’s attitude towards celibacy
- the power of prayer
- the importance of education
- women’s connection to Jewish religious practice.
He also traces the changing lot of women throughout the biblical period, from empowerment to disempowerment and back again.
This is the first part of a seven-part series on women in Jewish History David delivered at the Jewish Museum of Australia in 2017. Unfortunately, only some of the talks in the series were successfully recorded. You can find existing lectures by David from that series as well as from others talks on women in Jewish History David has given here: